Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Summary

Act 1 Scene 1

Summary

The scene is played out in the cold, dark hours between midnight and dawn. Barnardo arrives to take over the watch from Francisco. The men are tense and anxious. In the heavy darkness, the men cannot see each other. Barnardo hears a footstep near him and cries, "Who's there?" After both men ensure that the other is also a watchman, they relax. Cold, tired, and apprehensive from his many hours of guarding the castle.

Shortly after, Barnardo is joined by Marcellus, another watchman, and Horatio, a friend of Prince Hamlet. Barnardo and Marcellus have urged Horatio to stand watch with them, because they believe they have something shocking to show him. In hushed ...

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wore when he battled against the armies of Norway, and the same frown he wore when he fought against the Poles. Horatio declares that the ghost must bring warning of impending misfortune for Denmark, perhaps in the form of a military attack. He recounts the story of King Hamlet's conquest of certain lands once belonging to Norway, saying that Fortinbras, the young Prince of Norway, now seeks to reconquer those forfeited lands.

The ghost materializes for a second time, and Horatio tries to speak to it. The ghost remains silent, however, and disappears again just as the cock crows at the first hint of dawn. Horatio suggests that they tell Prince Hamlet, the dead king's son, about the apparition. He believes that though the ghost did not speak to him, if it is really the ghost of King Hamlet, it will not refuse to speak to his beloved ...

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