Hamlet Characters

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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