DAY TWO Prince Hamlet returns to Elsinore from the University of Wittenberg. Queen Gertrude marries Claudius. Fortinbras plans to attack Denmark. Claudius becomes king. Hamlet attends his father’s memorial service.
DAY THREE The Ghost of King Hamlet appears to Hamlet and reveals that Claudius killed him.
DAY FOUR Polonius says farewell to Laertes who is leaving for France and gives him a few words of wisdom. “This above all: to thine own self be true…”
DAY FIVE Polonius and Claudius spy on Hamlet and Ophelia. Claudius and Polonius tell Ophelia to break up with Hamlet.
DAY SIX Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrive, Claudius has them spy on Hamlet. The players arrive at Elsinore. Hamlet devises his plan to make “Mousetrap.”
DAY SEVEN “Mousetrap” is performed. Claudius finds out that Hamlet knows he killed King Hamlet. Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius. Hamlet goes to England with Rozencrantz and Guildenstern.
DAY EIGHT Laertes returns to find out who killed his father. Ophelia goes crazy because of her father’s death and drowns in a river. Claudius and Laertes make a plan to kill Hamlet.
DAY NINE Hamlet returns to Denmark and Claudius. Ophelia’s funeral takes place. Osric asks Hamlet to fight in a duel against Laertes.
DAY TEN Laertes and Hamlet have a sword fight, and Laertes uses a poisoned sword. Claudius puts poison in the cup, and Gertrude drinks from it and dies. Hamlet gets stabbed with the poisoned sword. Laertes drops the sword, and Hamlet picks it up and stabs him. As Laertes is dying, he tells Hamlet that the sword is poisoned and he will die too. He blames everything on Claudius. Hamlet stabs Claudius and makes him drink from the poisoned cup. Hamlet dies and Fortinbras takes over.
“Now cracks a noble heart.—Goodnight, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” -Horatio THE END
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