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Characters in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Ghost

Hamlet's dead father


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


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


brother of Ophelia, son of Polonius


father of Ophelia and Laertes, councillor to King Claudius


servant to Polonius


Hamlet's friend and confidant


courtier at the Danish court, gets word about Fortinbras


courtier at the Danish court, *corny*


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


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


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

Francisco, Barnardo, Marcellus

Danish soldiers


Prince of Norway


A captain in Fortinbras's army


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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