Hamlet Analysis Essay example

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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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al. the story of what happened, and Fortinbras plans to take his claim over the country

Part II: Events Tracked Backward for Hamlet… Hamlet…
Stops Horatio from drinking the poisoned cup
Tells Horatio to be the messenger – to tell everyone his story
Kills Claudius
Scratches, and therefore kills Laertes with the poisoned rapier
Gets scratched by Laertes with the poisoned rapier
Taunts Laertes at the moment when Laertes is considering not killing him
And Laertes begin the gentlemen’s duel
Agrees to duel Laertes
Resolves that whatever will be will be, and feels bad for Laertes
Insults Laertes in Ophelia’s grave
Jumps into Ophelia’s grave
Talks to Horatio about death
Sees the grave diggers
Returns from the ship bound for England
Ship gets attacked by pirates
Leaving for England, but is not going to give up
Banished by Claudius
Hides Polonius’ body
Kills Polonius
Talks with Gertrude
Decides not to kill Claudius while he is praying (appears to be praying)
Agrees to talk with Gertrude
Accuses Guildenstern of playing him like a recorder
Discusses Claudius’ reaction to the play with Horatio
Adds commentary to the play
Flirts with Ophelia
Asks Horatio to mark how Claudius reacts to the play
Tells the players to act exactly as he has instructed them

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