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Hamlet Characters

Characters in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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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