Essay about Hamlet Analysis

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Script Analysis
Hamlet Analysis

Part I: Tracking Events, Trigger to Heap…

Ghost appears and then leaves
Horatio decides to tell Hamlet about the ghost
He tells Hamlet about the ghost
Hamlet decides that he wants to see the ghost
Hamlet sees the ghost
Hamlet follows the ghost
Ghost tells Hamlet about his death
Hamlet decides to get more information / prove what the ghost was saying before doing anything about it
Hamlet swears his friends to secrecy about what the ghost said and about his plans to act crazy in order to get more information
Offstage trigger – Hamlet acting crazy with Ophelia)
Ophelia tells Polonius that Hamlet has gone crazy
Polonius concludes that this is because Hamlet loves Ophelia
Polonius
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ide track 5 – Laertes asks to be the instrument of Hamlet’s death)
(side track 5 – Claudius plans for Laertes and Hamlet to duel, Laertes with a poison- tipped sword, and adding a poisoned drink, just in case, to ensure Hamlet’s death)
(side track 4 – Gertrude says that Ophelia has drowned herself)
Main thread and side track 4 converge - Horatio and Hamlet meet in the graveyard and learn of Ophelia’s death, and see Laertes jumping into the grave
Hamlet also jumps into the grave and accuses Laertes of putting on a show of emotion
Hamlet and Laertes scuffle then are pulled apart
Hamlet feels bad for accusing Laertes the way he did and scuffling with him
Hamlet agrees to do whatever Laertes wishes of him
(side track 5 – Osric come to tell Hamlet of the proposed duel between him and Laertes)
Main thread and side track 5 converge – Hamlet agrees to duel Laertes
Hamlet and Laertes begin to duel
Claudius poisons a cup and plans to offer it to Hamlet
Hamlet refuses the cup and continues dueling
(side track 6 – to cheer on Hamlet, Gertrude drinks from the poisoned cup)
Hamlet gets scratched by the poisoned rapier
Hamlet and Laertes scuffle and switch rapiers
Laertes gets scratched by the poisoned rapier
(side track 6 – Gertrude dies)
Main thread and side track 6 converge – Laertes says that Claudius poisoned the cup, and that the rapier-tip was poisoned, then he dies
Hamlet realizes that he is dying and that he now has the excuse to kill Claudius
Hamlet