–   Nobly gives his vote to Fortinbras

“On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;

So tell him, with the occurrence, more and less,

which have solicited. The rest is silence.”



Wants to kill himself when Hamlet is about to die   – listens, very loyal

HORATIO: Never believe it.

I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.

Here’s yet some liquor left.(lifts the poisoned cup)

HAMLET: As thou’rt a man,

Give me the cup. Let go! By heaven, I’ll have ’t.

(takes cup from HORATIO)O God, Horatio, what a wounded name,

Things standing thus unknown, shall live behind me!

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart

Absent thee from felicity a while,

And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain

To tell my story.(V.2.336-347)



Wife killed by his poison

CLAUDIUS: Gertrude, do not drink.

GERTRUDE: I will, my lord. I pray you, pardon me. (drinks)

CLAUDIUS: (aside) It is the poisoned cup. It is too late (V.2.286-288)


Spies on Hamlet because he wants to win a favor from Claudius

Leads to his death

GERTRUDE: What wilt thou do? Thou wilt not murder me?

Help, help, ho!

POLONIUS: (from behind the arras) What, ho? Help, help, help!

HAMLET: How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead!

(stabs his sword through the arras and kills POLONIUS)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

Killed after Claudius order them to betray Hamlet

Hamlet to Horatio: Their grand commission, where I found, Horatio-

O royal knavery!-an exact command,

Larded with many several sorts of reasons

Importing Denmark’s health, and England’s too,

With-ho!-such bugs and goblins in my life

That, on the supervise (no leisure bated,

No, not to stay the grinding of the ax)

My head should be struck off.


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