Ch 5: Hamlet Act Summaries & Quotes

About This Chapter

The Hamlet Act Summaries & Quotes chapter of this Hamlet by William Shakespeare Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the summaries and notable quotes from each act of this play. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential plotlines and important quotes from each act of Hamlet.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering synopses from each act of Hamlet and key quotes will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to understand the key components of each act and identify important quotes in this play. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing what happens in each act of Hamlet, along with notable quotes from each part
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual and auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Hamlet Act Summaries & Quotes chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only the information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Hamlet Act Summaries & Quotes chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the specific events and quotes that occurred in each act of Hamlet for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Synopsis of the story's plot
  • The meaning behind the play's most famous soliloquy
  • Detailed summaries of the scenes from acts 1-5
  • Review of the play's ending

22 Lessons in Chapter 5: Hamlet Act Summaries & Quotes
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Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

1. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

2. Hamlet Act 1, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, we will discuss Act 1, Scene 1 of ''Hamlet,'' in which we are introduced to the backstory of the play by seeing Horatio encounter the ghost of Hamlet's father.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

3. Hamlet Act 1, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

This lesson summarizes Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' Claudius explains why he married Gertrude so quickly after his brother's death, and he and the Queen urge Hamlet to let go of his own grief and anger. Then, Horatio tells Hamlet about seeing his father's ghost.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

4. Hamlet Act 1, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

Act 1, Scene 3 of Hamlet takes place in the house of the courtier Polonius, who is seeing his son Laertes off to France. We also meet the character of Ophelia, Polonius' daughter, who is advised by both her father and brother to stay away from Hamlet.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

5. Hamlet Act 1, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

Act 1, Scene 4 is a pivotal scene in Hamlet, and one of its most famous. The guards who have seen the old king's ghost take Hamlet and his friend Horatio to watch for it, with dramatic results.

Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5 Summary & Quotes

6. Hamlet Act 1, Scene 5 Summary & Quotes

Act 1, Scene 5 of 'Hamlet' contains the fateful encounter of the prince of Denmark with his father's ghost. Significantly, it is unclear if the ghost's recounting of his own murder and his call for vengeance exist outside Hamlet's mind.

Hamlet Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

7. Hamlet Act 2, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

Act 2, Scene 1 is a transitional scene in Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' In it, the action returns to the complex, deceitful world of the court. Polonius is shown to be conniving, as well as stupid. As Hamlet reacts to his encounter with his father's ghost, Ophelia is the first to be affected.

Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

8. Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

In Act 2, Scene 2 of 'Hamlet,' we see the prince becoming more caught up by court politics. Claudius is worried about domestic policy, where Hamlet, whether mad or sane, is the greatest threat, and about foreign affairs. Polonius is convinced Hamlet's just lovesick. Hamlet himself hatches a plan.

Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

9. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

This lesson provides a summary of Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, as well as an analysis of the scene's most significant quotes, including the famous 'To Be or Not to Be' monologue.

Hamlet Act 3, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

10. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

This lesson provides a summary of Act 3 Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It also highlights and analyzes some of the most significant quotes from the scene.

Hamlet Act 3, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

11. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

This lesson contains a summary of Act 3 Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, as well as several of the most significant quotes from the scene.

Hamlet Act 3, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

12. Hamlet Act 3, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

This lesson will provide a summary of Act 3, Scene 4 of Shakespeare's tragedy ''Hamlet'' as well as analyze some of the most significant quotes from the scene.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

13. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

This lesson provides a summary of Act IV, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's tragedy ''Hamlet,'' as well as some examples of significant quotes from the scene.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

14. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, you will find a summary of Act IV, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's tragedy ''Hamlet,'' as well as analyses of some of the most significant quotes in the scene.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

15. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 3 Summary & Quotes

This lesson consists of a summary of Act 4, Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet,' as well as analyses of some of the most significant quotes from that scene.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

16. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 4 Summary & Quotes

In this lesson, you will find a summary of Act 4, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Hamlet', as well as an analysis of the scene's most significant quotes.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Quotes

17. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 5 Summary & Quotes

This lesson provides a summary of Act 4 Scene 5 of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, as well as an analysis of some of the scene's most significant quotes.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 6 Summary & Quotes

18. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 6 Summary & Quotes

This lesson consists of a summary of Act 4 Scene 6 of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet as well as an analysis of some of the most significant quotes from the scene.

Hamlet Act 4, Scene 7 Summary & Quotes

19. Hamlet Act 4, Scene 7 Summary & Quotes

The concluding scene of ''Hamlet,'' Act 4 sets the play's final plot in motion. Shakespeare shows that the corruption of the court has already started to turn on itself. Claudius and Laertes hatch a plan to counter Hamlet's dangerous return to Denmark. Ophelia is the play's first innocent victim.

Hamlet Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

20. Hamlet Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Quotes

This lesson consists of a summary of Act 5, Scene 1 of William Shakespeare's tragedy ''Hamlet'' as well as an analysis of several of the most significant quotes in the scene.

Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

21. Hamlet Act 5, Scene 2 Summary & Quotes

This lesson contains a summary of Act 5, Scene 2, the final scene of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet, as well as an analysis of the scene's most significant quotes.

The Ending of Hamlet: Summary & Quotes

22. The Ending of Hamlet: Summary & Quotes

This lesson will provide a short summary of the end of William Shakespeare's ''Hamlet'', calling attention to key quotes and events in the final scene of the play.

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