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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.


Hamlet Navigator: Scene Index

Act 1

Act 1, Scene 1:
The Ghost of Hamlet's father appears to Horatio and two sentinels. They wonder what it portends and decide that Hamlet should be told.
Act 1, Scene 2:
Claudius, the new king, demonstrates that he is in charge, despite Hamlet's hostility . . .  Hamlet's first soliloquy ("O that this too too solid flesh would melt")  . . .  Hamlet learns of the ghost.
Act 1, Scene 3:
Laertes and Polonius warn Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet.
Act 1, Scene 4:
The Ghost appears to Hamlet.
Act 1, Scene 5:
The Ghost's message.

Act 2

Act 2, Scene 1:
Polonius sends Reynaldo to check up on Laertes  . . .  Ophelia tells Polonius of Hamlet's strange visit
Act 2, Scene 2:
The King tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to investigate Hamlet's madness  . . .  Polonius's theory of Hamlet's madness  . . .  Polonius examines Hamlet  . . .  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern examine Hamlet  . . .  The players arrive  . . .  Hamlet's second soliloquy ("O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!")

Act 3

Act 3, Scene 1:
The King and Polonius use Ophelia as bait, so they can spy on Hamlet  . . .  Hamlet's third soliloquy ("To be or not to be, that is the question")  . . .  The King decides to send Hamlet to England, but Polonius wants to overhear what Hamlet might say to his mother.
Act 3, Scene 2:
Performance of "The Murder of Gonzago"  . . .  The King rises  . . .  Hamlet summoned to speak with his mother.
Act 3, Scene 3:
The King tries to pray  . . .  Hamlet passes up a chance to kill him.
Act 3, Scene 4:
Hamlet and his mother  . . .  Hamlet kills Polonius  . . .  Final appearance of the Ghost.

Act 4

Act 4, Scene 1:
The Queen reports the killing of Polonius  . . .  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sent to find Hamlet.
Act 4, Scene 2:
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to get Hamlet to tell them where he has hidden the body of Polonius.
Act 4, Scene 3:
Hamlet is sent to England.
Act 4, Scene 4:
Hamlet sees Fortinbras leading his army to Poland  . . .  Hamlet's fourth soliloquy ("How all occasions do inform against me").
Act 4, Scene 5:
Ophelia's madness  . . .  Laertes demands revenge for Polonius' death.
Act 4, Scene 6:
Sailors tell Horatio that Hamlet has returned to Denmark.
Act 4, Scene 7:
The King and Laertes plot their revenge on Hamlet  . . .  Queen Gertrude tells the story of Ophelia's drowning.

Act 5

Act 5, Scene 1:
Hamlet and the gravediggers  . . .  Ophelia's funeral.
Act 5, Scene 2:
Hamlet tells Horatio how he returned to Denmark  . . .  Osric invites Hamlet to the fencing match with Laertes  . . .  The fencing match, and the deaths of Laertes, Queen, King, Hamlet.