Hamlet



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AmbassadorSome ambassadors from England bring news that Rozancrantz and Guildenstern are dead, in Hamlet.
BernardoA soldier who is among the first to see the ghost of Old Hamlet.
Claudius (1)King Claudius (myth) is the uncle and stepfather of the title character in Hamlet. He has murdered his brother Old Hamlet, has taken over his crown, and has married his queen, Gertrude.
Cornelius (2)Cornelius and Voltemand are two ambassadors from Claudius to the Norwegian court, in Hamlet.
Father's GhostOld Hamlet (myth) is the father of the protagonist in Hamlet. His ghost appears to exhort Hamlet to revenge Old Hamlet's murder by Claudius.
First ClownGravedigger. The First Gravedigger and the Second Gravedigger are clowns in Hamlet. Hamlet's conversation with the First Gravedigger over Yorick's skull is possibly the most famous scene in Shakespeare.
First PlayerFirst Player or Player King leads the company which visits Elsinore in Hamlet. He reads an excerpt as Priam, and plays the king in The Mousetrap.
FortinbrasFortinbras is a prince of Norway in Hamlet. He is a peripheral figure throughout the play, but arrives to take over the throne of Denmark after the death of the Danish royal family in the final act.
Francisco (1)Francisco is a soldier on watch at Elsinore, who appears briefly in the opening moments of Hamlet.
Gentleman (2)A gentleman discusses the plight of mad Ophelia with Horatio in Hamlet.
Gentlemen (8)A gentleman discusses the plight of mad Ophelia with Horatio in Hamlet.
GertrudeQueen Gertrude is the protagonist's mother in Hamlet. She has married Claudius.
GuildensternGuildenstern and Rozencrantz, in Hamlet, are two former friends of the prince, invited to the Danish court to spy on him. They eventually accompany Hamlet towards England, but he escapes while they continue with the journey, to their deaths.
Hamlet (character)Prince Hamlet (myth) is the central character of Hamlet. He is a prince of Denmark, called on to avenge his father's (Old Hamlet's) murder by Claudius.
HoratioHoratio is a student, and a friend and confidante of the protagonist in Hamlet.
LaertesLaertes is the son of Polonius and the brother of Ophelia in Hamlet. He fights with Hamlet in the famous fencing scene in the final act.
Lord (3)A Lord helps with the preparations for the fencing in Hamlet.
MarcellusMarcellus and Barnardo are soldiers who invite Horatio to see the ghost of Old Hamlet, in Hamlet.
Messenger (4)Two messengers to Claudius in Hamlet (or possibly one messenger appearing twice) bring news of Laertes' rebellious approach, and Hamlet's letter delivered by the sailors.
Norwegian CaptainA Captain of the Norwegian army explains Fortinbras' mission against the Poles, in Hamlet.
OpheliaOphelia, in Hamlet, is a former lover of Hamlet, who is rejected by him, and who goes mad following her father's death at Hamlet's hands. She drowns, possibly a suicide.
OsricOsrick is a courtier, treated with contempt by Hamlet in Hamlet.
Player KingFirst Player or Player King leads the company which visits Elsinore in Hamlet. He reads an excerpt as Priam, and plays the king in The Mousetrap.
Player QueenSecond Player or Player Queen, in Hamlet, plays the queen in The Mousetrap.
PoloniusPolonius is a chief adviser in the court of King Claudius in Hamlet, and is the father of Ophelia and Laertes. He is killed by Hamlet, who stabs him through an arras while he is eavesdropping on a conversation between Hamlet and Gertrude.
Priest (1)A Priest presides over Ophelia's burial in Hamlet.
ReynaldoReynaldo is a minor character, an agent of Polonius, in Hamlet.
RosencrantzRosencrantz and Guildenstern are two former friends of the protagonist in Hamlet, invited to the Danish court to spy on him. They eventually accompany Hamlet towards England, but he escapes while they continue with the journey, to their deaths.
Sailor (1)Several sailors, one of whom is a speaking role, deliver letters in Hamlet.
Second ClownGravedigger. The First Gravedigger and the Second Gravedigger are clowns in Hamlet. Hamlet's conversation with the First Gravedigger over Yorick's skull is possibly the most famous scene in Shakespeare.
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VoltemandVoltemand and Cornelius are two ambassadors from Claudius to the Norwegian court, in Hamlet.


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