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Characters in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Ghost

Hamlet's dead father

Hamlet

Prince of Denmark, son of the late King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude

Queen Gertrude

widow of King Hamlet, now married to Claudius

King Claudius

brother to the late King Hamlet

Ophelia

Hamlet's girlfriend, sister of Laertes, daughter of Polonius

Laertes

brother of Ophelia, son of Polonius

Polonius

father of Ophelia and Laertes, councillor to King Claudius

Reynaldo

servant to Polonius

Horatio

Hamlet's friend and confidant

Voltemand

courtier at the Danish court, gets word about Fortinbras

Cornelius

courtier at the Danish court, *corny*

Rosencrantz

courtier at the Danish court, ex-friend of Hamlet, whom Hamlet once loved

Guildenstern

courtier at the Danish court, ex-friend of Hamlet that can't play the recorder as well as he can lie

Osric

courtier at the Danish court, refs the "game" between Laertes and Hamlet

Francisco, Barnardo, Marcellus

Danish soldiers

Fortinbras

Prince of Norway

Captain

A captain in Fortinbras's army

Players

Actors who perform "The Murder of Gonzago," which Hamlet calls "The Mousetrap" to Claudius

A Lord

Tells Hamlet that Claudius wants him to fence Laertes

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