Hamlet Acts 1-3 Summaries

Act 1 Scene 1 Ghost shows up to guardsHoriatio asks the ghost questions, it leavesFortinbras is mad about his dad’s deathThe ghost comes back and leaves again
Act 1 Scene 2 Claudius addresses the courtVoltimond and Cornelius are sent to NorwayLaertes plans to go to FranceHamlet is snarky, king calls him sissyAlone, Hamlet contemplates suicideHoratio tells Hamlet about the ghostHamlet’s first soliloquy
Act 1 Scene 3 Laertes gives Ophelia advicePolonius gives Laertes advicePolonius makes Ophelia break up with Hamlet
Act 1 Scene 4 Ghost appears to HamletHoratio says to avoid the ghostHamlet follows the ghost
Act 1 Scene 5 The ghost tells Hamlet to get revengeHamlet learns Claudius killed his fatherHamlet agrees to get revengeGhost leavesHamlet tells his friends he is going to act crazy
Act 2 Scene 1 Polonius sends Reynaldo to France to spy on LaertesOphelia tells Polonius Hamlet came to her, frightenedPolonius decides to tell the king about it
Act 2 Scene 2 R&G asked to spy on HamletFortinbras calms down, must pass through DenmarkArras meeting plannedPolonius tries and fails to console HamletR&G enter, Hamlet knows of their plan. He tells them he is sad.Players arrive, exciting HamletPlayers agree to add Hamlet’s part to the playSoliloquy showing Hamlet’s idea to trick the King (Hamlet’s 2nd soliloquy)
Act 3 Scene 1 Claudius questions R&G”To be or not to be” speech on suicide (3rd soliloquy)Ophelia used to draw in HamletHamlet is rude to Ophelia, King and Polonius hearKing decides to send Hamlet to EnglandPolonius wants to see if Hamlet will share his feelings with his mom
Act 3 Scene 2 Hamlet tells players how to performHamlet compliments Horatio and shares planHamlet flirts sexually with OpheliaPlay beginsKing reacts when brother is killedR&G tell Hamlet to speak with his upset motherHamlet feels very vengeful
Act 3 Scene 3 Claudius meets with R&G to discuss madnessPolonius says he is gonna spy on Hamlet and QueenKing tries to prayHamlet sees him and almost kills him but doesn’tHamlet leaves to see his motherHamlet’s 4th soliloquy
Act 3 Scene 4 Hamlet yells at mom, Polonius spiesHamlet stabs PoloniusHamlet keeps yelling at momGhost tells him to focus on revenge and be nicer to motherHamlet tells his mom to stop sex with ClaudiusHamlet reveals he didn’t trust R&G