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Scene 1 Enters HORATIO HORATIO: What is this ghost that the guards claim to see during the night? They say it looks like the dead king- rest his soul. Let me see if it appears tonight. GHOST enters. HORATIO: It looks so much like the old king. It’s terrifying. Look at its armor. The king was wearing exactly this armor when he fought the king of Norway. And it frowns just like the king did when he attacked the poles, travelling on an ice-sled. HORATIO(speaking to the GHOST): What are you, that you walk out so late at night, looking like the dead king of Denmark when he dressed for battle? By God, I order you to speak. GHOST disappears. HORATIO: What paranormal occurring are these? The sighting of a dead king’s ghost is a bad omen for the country. I must tell prince Hamlet about it. HORATIO exits.

Scene 2: Enters CLAUDIUS, POLONIUS. CLAUDIUS: I still have fresh memories of my brother the elder Hamlet’s death, but life still goes on—I think it’s wise to mourn him while also thinking about my own well being. Therefore, I’ve married my former sister-in-law, the queen, with mixed feelings of happiness and sadness. I know that in marrying Gertrude I’m only doing what everybody have wisely advised all along. POLONIUS: I am happy for you sir. But your nephew-son Hamlet is still mourning his father’s death. He has still not shunted his black robes. CLAUDIUS: Call him. I want to talk to him right now. Enters HAMLET HAMLET: You wish to see me, sir?

CLAUDIUS: Hamlet, you are such a good son to mourn your father like this. But overdoing it is just stubborn. It’s not manly. It’s not what God wants. Please give up this useless mourning of yours and start thinking of me as your new father. HAMLET: I’ll obey you as well as I can, sir. POLONIUS: We have business to attend to sir. CLAUDIUS: Very well. I think we should leave hamlet alone for now. CLAUDIUS and POLONIUS…...

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