The Dramatic Structure of Hamlet

1 Ghost appears in armor
2 Hamlet’s 1st soliloquy
3 Polonous’s advice to Laertes
4 Ghost tells Hamlet to avenge his father’s murder
5 Polonius decides Hamlet’s madness is due to his love for Ophelia
6 King directs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet
7 Hamlet meets with the players
8 Hamlet tells Ophelia, “Get thee to a nunnery”
9 The “Mouse-trap” is performed
10 Hamlet fails to kill the king thinking he is praying
11 Hamlet slays Polonius
12 Ghost reappears to Hamlet
13 King orders Hamlet to England
14 Hamlet’s last soliloquy
15 King plots with Laertes to kill Hamlet via fencing match
16 Death of Ophelia
17 Gravediggers’ scene
18 Death of Gertrude and Laertes
19 Death of King and Hamlet