Hamlet Prince of Denmark, outmaneuvered by his uncle
Claudius King of Denmark, Hamlet’s uncle (and brother of the slain king)
Horatio friend and confidant to Hamlet (in first act with soldiers)
Gertrude Queen of Denmark, and mother to Hamlet
Polonius advisor to the king, political animal
Laertes son to Polonius and brother of Ophelia
Ophelia daughter to Polonius
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern “Friends” of Prince Hamlet; sent for by Claudius to…
Marcellus and Barnardo officers of the watch who first see ghost
Two Clowns grave-diggers. In the film version one of the gravediggers is played brilliantly by Billy Crystal. Pay close attention to the speech and language of the gravediggers as compared to the other characters in the play
How is the conflict initiated? When Hamlet talks to the ghost of his father
What is Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia? boyfriend/ lover
What is Hamlet’s relationship with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? college friends
What is Hamlet’s relationship with Horatio? best friend
Why is Hamlet reluctant to believe the ghost? he thinks it might be the devil tricking him
What does the ghost ask Hamlet to do? avenge him
What does the ghost caution Hamlet against? bringing his mom into it
What is Hamlet’s “antic disposition?” his madness
How does Hamlet decide to “prove” his uncle’s guilt? he puts on a play like his father’s death
What is the name of the play within the play in Hamlet? the murder of gonzago
What deception did Denmark believe was the cause of King Hamlet’s death? death by natural causes
What does Polonius feel is the reason for Hamlet’s madness? Hamlet’s is in true love with daughter
How does Polonius die? hamlet stabs him
How does Hamlet respond to the death of Polonius? he goes mad and blows up on his mom
How does Ophelia die? she drowns
According to the gravedigger, how old is Hamlet? 30
Who does Hamlet trust the most? horatio
Where do Hamlet and Laertes attend school? paris
But to perseverIn obstinate condolement is a courseOf impious stubbornness; ’tis unmanly grief;It shows a will most incorrect to heaven,A heart unfortified, a mind impatient. claudius
This above all – to thine own self be true;And it must follow, as the night the day,Thou canst not then be false to any man. polonius
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;Words without thoughts never to heaven go. claudius
I lov’d Ophelia: forty thousand brothers Could not, with all their quantity of love, Make up my sum. hamlet
Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince,And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! horatio