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Hamlet

Prince of Denmark; his father the king was killed shortly before the play begins. He was known to be a good, benevolent king.

The Ghost

King Hamlet, former king of Denmark; Prince Hamlet's father

Claudius

Hamlet's uncle. He married Gertrude, King Hamlet's wife, his former sister-in-law. He is now the king of Denmark.He's a cunning politician

Gertrude

Queen of Denmark. Hamlet's mother. She married Claudius, her former brother-in-law two months after her first husband, the king died.

Polonious

Claudius' advisor. Father to Ophelia and Laertes. Some productions make him a bumbling idiot, others a devout servant.

Ophelia

Polonious' daughter. Hamlet's girlfriend. Laertes' sister.

Laertes

Polonious' son, Ophelia's sister. At the beginning of the play he goes to France. He later comes back to Denmark to take care of a family situation. He's close to his sister.

Horatio

Hamlet's closest friend. He's devoted to Hamlet and is the one who tells him about his father's ghost. He is new to the court at Denmark only recently have come with Hamlet after the death of his father.

Fortinbras

Prince of Norway who is attempting to invade Denmark. He wants revenge on Denmark because King Hamlet killed his father.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

Older friends of Hamlet's from college. They are summoned by the King and Queen to spy on Hamlet. They are often confused for one another.

Yoric

The skull; a former jester who Hamlet remembers. He dies and his skull is dug up later in the play.

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