<p>The play begins on the foggy battlements of Elsinore castle, where a ghost appears to Hamlet&#39;s friends. Later in Act One, Hamlet goes out to wait for the ghost whilst a celebration continues in the castle. The ghost explains to Hamlet that he is the spirit of Hamlet&#39;s father and cannot rest until revenge is taken upon his murderer, Claudius.</p><p>We soon meet Claudius and Hamlet&#39;s disapproval of the new King of Denmark is clear. Hamlet blames the Queen, his Mother, for jumping into a relationship with Claudius too quickly after the death of his father.</p><p>We are also introduced to Polonius, a busy-body official of Claudius&#39; court.</p><p>Polonius wrongfully believes that Hamlet is head-over-heals in love with Ophelia and insists that she no longer sees Hamlet.</p><p>But Polonius is wrong: he thinks that Hamlet&#39;s madness is the product of his rejection by Ophelia. Hamlet&#39;s good friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are instructed by King Claudius and Queen Gertrude to draw Hamlet out of his melancholy.</p><p>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unable to help Hamlet, and report this back to the King. They explain that Hamlet is preparing a play, and in a last-ditch attempt to indulge Hamlet, Claudius allows the play to take place. </p><p>But Hamlet is planning to direct the actors in a play that depicts his father’s murder – he hopes to study Claudius’ reaction to this to ascertain his guilt. He also decides to send Hamlet to England for a change of scenery.</p><p>Later, Hamlet is about reveal Claudius’ villainy to Gertrude when he hears someone behind the curtain. Hamlet thinks it is Claudius and thrusts his sword through the arras – he has killed Polonius.</p><p>The Queen now believes that Hamlet is mad, and Claudius informs her that he will soon be sent away.</p><p>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are tasked with taking Polonius&#39; body to the chappel, but Hamlet has hidden it and refuses to tell them.</p><p>Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England when he hears of Polonius’ death. Laertes wants to avenge the death of his father and strikes a deal with Claudius.</p>Hamlet contemplates the lives belonging to the graveyard’s skulls and a duel between Laertes and Hamlet is fought. A fatally wounded Hamlet kills Claudius before drinking the poison to take the agony out of his death.