We are halfway through the play and finally we have some action. Please look over the class notes if you were absent in order to refresh your memory for the test.


Act 3 Scene 1

Main events of the scene:

  • Polonius and Claudius spy on Ophelia and Hamlet, find out that it’s not because of love that the prince is behaving so weirdly
  • Hamlet voices his most famous lines “To be or not to be”
  • Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England
  • Polonius offers to spy on the conversation between Hamlet and his mother

Act 3 Scene 2

Main events of the scene:

  • Hamlet tells Horatio about his plan with the play
  • The actors perform the death of the King of Denmark
  • The king leaves in a middle of the play and is feeling unwell, which proves Hamlet’s suspicions
  • The queen requests to see Hamlet in her room

Act 3 Scene 3

Main events of the scene:

  • The king tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to take Hamlet to England, they agree
  • Claudius admits to having murdered his brother
  • Hamlet sees Claudius as he is trying to pray but doesn’t have the guts to kill him

Act 3 Scene 4

Main events of the scene:

  • Hamlet kills Polonius
  • Hamlet tells Gertrude that Claudius murdered his father
  • The ghost appears in front of Gertrude, but she doesn’t see him