Hamlet Act I

Identify Bernardo, Francisco, Marcellus, Horatio, and King Hamlet: The guards who had seen the ghost; King Hamlet is the ghost of the foreign king.
What had Bernardo seen at a prior watch? The ghost of King Hamlet.
Why does Marcellus think Horatio would speak to the ghost? He is the most honorable one.
What does young Fortinbas want to do? He wants to take back his father’s land from Hamlet’s family.
Who do the soldiers/guards want to tell about the ghost? They want to tell Hamlet.
Identify King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Laertes, and Polonius: King Claudius is the new king of Denmark and he killed King Hamlet (Hamlet’s Papa). Queen Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother who had married Claudius after he husband passed. Laertes is Polonius’s son who wants to go to school in France.Polonius is Laertes and Ophelia’s father.
Where does Claudius send Cornelius and Voltimand? They send him to Norway.
What does the King tell Hamlet? The King tells Hamlet to stop grieving over his father’s death.
Hamlet is upset for two reasons. What are they? a) His father is dead. b) His mother quickly remarried his uncle.
What news does Horatio bring Hamlet? He tells him that he has seen his father’s ghost.
What does Hamlet decide to do after he hears Horatio’s news? He decides he wants to see the ghost, so he goes outside.
What is Laertes’ advice to Ophelia? He advises her that Hamlet is not the marrying type and that she should stay away from him.
What is Polonius’ advice to Laertes? He tells his son that he should keep his opinions to himself; to thy own self be true (be true to yourself).
At the end of Scene III, Ophelia agrees to “obey”. What will she do? She agrees to stay away from Hamlet.
What did the ghost tell Hamlet? The ghost confesses that it was Claudius who killed him.
Hamlet swears Horatio to two things. What are they? a) don’t tell anyone about the ghost. b)don’t be alarmed if Hamlet seems crazy; he’s not.