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Hamlet Character List & Flashcards

Hamlet Character List & Flashcards
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Claudius' men who are sent to figure out why Hamlet is acting strangely, and who are killed instead of Hamlet during an assassination attempt by Claudius.
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Polonius
Ophelia's father and Claudius's trusted advisor. He is mistakenly killed by Hamlet, which leads to Ophelia's grief and Laertes' duel.
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Ophelia
Hamlet's love interest. He is cruel to her, and later when her father is killed, Ophelia commits suicide.
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the Ghost of King Hamlet
The ghost of Hamlet's father who appears several times and claims that Claudius murdered him. When Hamlet talks to the ghost, Gertrude sees and thinks her son is mentally ill.
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Horatio
Hamlet's best friend who first sees the ghost of King Hamlet
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Claudius
Hamlet's uncle who recently married Queen Gertrude, and whom Hamlet suspects of having murdered his father. Claudius intends to kill Hamlet and also mistakenly kills Gertrude.
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Gertrude
Queen of Denmark and recently widowed mother of Hamlet
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Hamlet
A young man grieving the death of his father, and deciding whether and how to avenge him. Queen Gertrude is his mother.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This flashcard set is designed to help you study the many related characters in William Shakespeare's famous play, Hamlet. The cards review all of the main and supporting characters in the play so that you can keep track of how they are related and who is responsible for the many deaths in the play's tragic ending.

Additional Study

To think more about the play Hamlet, or the playwright, William Shakespeare, consider taking a look at some of the following related lessons:

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Hamlet
A young man grieving the death of his father, and deciding whether and how to avenge him. Queen Gertrude is his mother.
Gertrude
Queen of Denmark and recently widowed mother of Hamlet
Claudius
Hamlet's uncle who recently married Queen Gertrude, and whom Hamlet suspects of having murdered his father. Claudius intends to kill Hamlet and also mistakenly kills Gertrude.
Horatio
Hamlet's best friend who first sees the ghost of King Hamlet
the Ghost of King Hamlet
The ghost of Hamlet's father who appears several times and claims that Claudius murdered him. When Hamlet talks to the ghost, Gertrude sees and thinks her son is mentally ill.
Ophelia
Hamlet's love interest. He is cruel to her, and later when her father is killed, Ophelia commits suicide.
Polonius
Ophelia's father and Claudius's trusted advisor. He is mistakenly killed by Hamlet, which leads to Ophelia's grief and Laertes' duel.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Claudius' men who are sent to figure out why Hamlet is acting strangely, and who are killed instead of Hamlet during an assassination attempt by Claudius.
Laertes
Ophelia's brother, who challenges Hamlet to a duel following his sister's and father's deaths
The character who speaks the famous line: 'To be or not to be'
Hamlet
Tragic Hero
A good character whose bad decision or judgment leads them to an unavoidable downfall and tragedy
Fortinbras
The new heir to the throne at the end of Hamlet, who has Hamlet's body buried
The character who is asked by Hamlet to tell the story
Horatio
The character who kills Claudius
Hamlet
The character who tells Hamlet of Claudius' plan to kill him
Laertes
The character responsible for the poisoned wine that kills Gertrude
Claudius
Laertes is killed by a poisoned _____.
sword

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