Hamlet Translation Table of Contents
Now you can read Hamlet alongside a modern translation that anyone can understand. Use the translation to enrich your understanding of Shakespeare's original and avoid getting bogged down in archaic language.
Act 1, Scene 1
Watchmen discuss strange happenings. They see the ghost of the murdered king, and decide to tell Hamlet.
Act 1, Scene 2
Claudius and Gertrude ask Hamlet to stay in Denmark, and question why he seems so upset. Hamlet hears about the ghost.
Act 1, Scene 3
Before Laertes sets sail, he and his father Polonius warn Ophelia against starting a relationship with Hamlet.
Act 1, Scene 4
Hamlet stays out on guard. The ghost comes and beckons Hamlet away from his friends.
Act 1, Scene 5
Old Hamlet's ghost tells Hamlet what happened to him. Hamlet promises revenge, and swears his friends to secrecy.
Act 2, Scene 1
Polonius sends Reynaldo to spy on Laertes to see if he has any vices. Ophelia reports that Hamlet is behaving strangely.
Act 2, Scene 2
Members of the court try to understand Hamlet's mood. The actors arrive. Hamlet plots a device to test Claudius' guilt.
Act 3, Scene 1
Claudius and Polonius send Ophelia to Hamlet, and overhear them talk. Hamlet seems to scorn her.
Act 3, Scene 2
Hamlet has the actors perform "The Mousetrap," a play that reflects Claudius' crimes. Claudius leaves in a rage.
Act 3, Scene 3
Claudius plots to get Hamlet out of Denmark. Polonius plans to eavesdrop on Hamlet's conversation with Gertrude.
Act 3, Scene 4
Hamlet kills Polonius, and urges Gertrude to repent. Old Hamlet's ghost comes back and spurs on Hamlet's vengeance.
Act 4, Scene 1
Claudius asks Gertrude where Hamlet is. She tells him that Hamlet has killed Polonius.
Act 4, Scene 2
Gentlemen ask Hamlet where he has put Polonius' body. Hamlet replies in a way they cannot understand.
Act 4, Scene 3
Claudius asks Hamlet where Polonius' body is. Claudius tells Hamlet that he is being sent to England.
Act 4, Scene 4
Hamlet comes across the army of Fortinbras as he marches to attack Poland. Hamlet questions the point of the war.
Act 4, Scene 5
Ophelia has gone insane. Having raised a rebellious army, Laertes demands to know how his father died.
Act 4, Scene 6
A servant gives Horatio a letter from Hamlet about the attack on his ship, which prevented him from reaching England.
Act 4, Scene 7
Hamlet returns to Denmark. Laertes and Claudius plan to kill Hamlet in a duel. Gertrude announces Ophelia's death.
Act 5, Scene 1
Hamlet discusses mortality with a gravedigger. Ophelia is buried. Hamlet and Laertes fight over her grave.
Act 5, Scene 2
Hamlet and Laertes duel, fatally wound each other, and reconcile before death. Gertrude dies. Hamlet kills Claudius.