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Hamlet Story Map

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Nathan Getchel

on 2 December 2012

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Transcript of Hamlet Story Map

Hamlet Story Map Characters Ghost- Hamlet's father, wants revenge for his murder, tells Hamlet to kill Claudius

Claudius- Killed his brother, the king, so that he could gain power

Hamlet- The prince/son of the deceased king, wants revenge for the death of his father

The Guards (Marcelleus & Bernardo)- Hamlet's friends, alerted him to the presence of his father's ghost

Ophelia- Hamlet's girlfriend

Polonius- Ophelia's father, warns her that Hamlet is just using her

Laertes- Ophelia's brother who also warns her against Hamlet

Gertrude- Hamlet's mother, married Claudius very soon after the king's death Hamlet Conflicts Claudius Ghost Claudius killed him to take his throne and his queen Hamlet wants to kill Claudius for killing his father The ghost of Hamlet's father tells him that Claudius is the murderer and wants Hamlet to kill him Act I Act II Polonius tells his servant to go to Paris and spy on Laertes Polonius begins to think that Hamlet's "madness" is a result of Ophelia's rejection Claudius and Gertrude develop their own theory that Hamlet's "madness" was caused by his father's death and their quick marriage Both the royal couple and Polonius plan ways to test their theories, while Hamlet comes up with a play similar to his father's death to see if Claudius really did kill his father. He will watch his reaction to a part that is nearly identical to how Claudius murdered his father. Act III Act 3 begins with Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy. The story then continues with Hamlet's plan to see if Claudius really did kill his father- the play. By the end, Hamlet is utterly convinced that his uncle did it. The play upsets Gertrude, and she has Hamlet meet her in her chamber, with Polonius listening in behind a curtain. She sees Hamlet as crazed, and cries out for help. As Polonius starts moving behind the curtain, Hamlet stabs and kills him. He then shows his mother two portraits, one of Claudius and one of his father. He tries to tell her that the two are opposites, and that Claudius is a horrible man. Then the ghost returns to tell him to stop torturing his mother, and reminds Hamlet of his duty to kill Claudius. He ends by telling his mother that he is not, in fact, insane. Summary The conflict between Claudius and the ghost of Hamlet's father remains exactly the same The conflict between Hamlet and Claudius is the same except it is somewhat evident to Claudius that Hamlet might know how his father actually died The conflict between Hamlet and his father's ghost now involves his mother, because the ghost tells Hamlet to leave her alone Character Pairs Hamlet & Ophelia- they will likely grow even further apart as an effect of Hamlet's remarks early in the act
Hamlet & Laertes- Laertes will want revenge for the death of his father, and will come after Hamlet
Gertrude & Claudius- Even though she thinks Hamlet is crazy, she probably won't be able to completely disregard what he said to her at the end of the act about Claudius' true nature Quotes " My pulse like yours temperately keeps time.. it is not madness I utter. Bring me to test and the matter I will reword."

Here, Hamlet is basically just saying that he is not insane, as everyone believes him to be

Thrift, thrift, Horatio, the funeral baked-meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.

What Hamlet means by this is that his mother remarried so quickly that they could have used the leftover food from his father's funeral at the wedding, Obviously he is exaggerating, but his point is still valid Act IV Act V
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