King Hamlet has just died, leaving his son, wife, and kingdom alone. His brother, Claudius, gains the throne and marries the kings widow, Queen Gertrude. Come to find out, Hamlet discovers a ghost by way of some watchmen and Horatio, a great friend of his. The ghost turns out to be none other than King Hamlet's spirit, or so Hamlet believes. Upon this finding, Hamlet is informed by the ghost that Claudius was the one who caused his death and ordered due revenge. He sets off to do just that but is delayed frequently by his contemplative, indecisive personality and becomes very sad, confused, and a little bit crazy.
Claudius and Gertrude appear to be concerned about Hamlets behavior and begin an investigation searching for the cause. Polonius hypothesized that it was his daughter, Ophelia, that has caused this erratic behavior. This causes Claudius to decide on spying on Hamlets dealings with the girl, which only leads him to realize that Hamlet is not really in love with her.
It was then that some actors from abroad come along and Hamlet gets the idea of having them play out the act of murder that Claudius has allegedly been charged for. If Claudius has an abstract or negative attitude or outlook on the performance, then Hamlet would know he was guilty. Hamlet proves to be right as Claudius leaves the performance at the point of the acted out murder.
Hamlet goes to tell his mother in her bedroom. While they are talking, Hamlet notices that a tapestry was rustling and believed Claudius to be behind it. He then so foolishly decides to draw his sword and stab the person standing behind, effectively killing, not Claudius, but Polonius. He is then immediately sent to...