Macbeth timeline

Act 1 Scene 1 When we first see ghost
Act 1 Scene 2 Claudius talks about death of king, and marriage to Gertrude (monologue)Claudius and Hamlet have conversation about his sadness Laertes wants to leave Horatio talks about ghost to Hamlet
Act 1 Scene 3 Laertes warns Ophelia away from Hamlet Polonius enters and admonishes Laertes, then warns Ophelia
Act 1 Scene 4 Hamlet says doesn’t matter if ghost is evil or goodGhost beckons Hamlet away
Act 1 Scene 5 Ghost speaks of father’s murder Hamlet says he will go mad to investigate, tells friends to be quiet
Act 2 Scene 1 Polonius says to spy on Laertes Ophelia tells Polonius about Hamlet being crazy Polonius starts scheming and goes to tell Claudius
Act 2 Scene 2 Claudius talks to R and GPolonius teases news Ambassadors talk about Fortinbras and want Claudius to allow troops into Poland Polonius tells them the reason for Hamlet’s madness, shows letter Plan to prove it Hamlet enters and talks crazyHamlet tests R and G loyalty and friendship Play is introduced, Hamlet 2nd soliloquy says plan to prove Claudius guilt
Act 3 Scene 1 G and R tell King about Hamlet’s madnessOphelia plan happens, King and Polonius eavesdropSoliloquy ‘to be or not to be’Hamlet and Ophelia, Hamlet is mean to her Hamlet doesn’t show love, plan to listen in on conversation with mom
Act 3 Scene 2 Hamlet tells actors what to do in play Horatio and Hamlet convo about true friendship Everyone watches play, Claudius storms out showing guiltHamlet talks to G and R about loyalty Polonius says talk to mom to Hamlet, he says he will be mean but not kill
Act 3 Scene 3 Claudius plans to send Hamlet away because he is scared of how he is acting4th soliloquy: Claudius soliloquy Hamlet says he could kill King now, but makes religious excuse (If he kills him while he is praying he will go to heaven) and doesn’t
Act 3 Scene 4 Hamlet confronts GertrudeHamlet stabs Polonius through the curtain Ghost says to remember not to hurt momHamlet accepts guilt, thought it was Claudius Hamlet decides to go to England
Act 4 Scene 1 Gertrude and Claudius agree to send Hamlet off, G and R present
Act 4 Scene 2 R and G talk to Hamlet about Polonius’s body
Act 4 Scene 3 Claudius reveals plot with English King
Act 4 Scene 4 Fortinbras enters Denmark with armyHamlet compares to F, decides must act, 5th Soliloquy by Hamlet
Act 4 Scene 5 Ophelia shows that she’s crazyLaertes enters with intention to avenge his dad (contrast to Hamlet) sees Ophelia cray cray
Act 4 Scene 6 Horatio reads Hamlet’s letter, that he is returning and foiled King’s plot
Act 4 Scene 7 Claudius finds out Hamlet isn’t dead, manipulates Laertes to plot to kill Hamlet Ophelia is dead
Act 5 Scene 1 Gravedigger insinuates suicideHamlet changes view on death, Yorik introduced Ophelia funeral, fight between Laertes and Hamlet
Act 5 Scene 2 Hamlet says what happens on journey , idea of fate and ‘meant to be’Messes with Osric, tell Hamlet about fencing match Horatio warns Hamlet, he has a bad feelingGertrude drinks poison Hamlet is stabbed Laertes is stabbedClaudius is stabbed and then forced to drink poison Horatio offers suicide but Hamlet tells him that he wants him to tell the story (not forgotten and learning from mistakes)Horatio and Fortinbras discuss what has happened

You Might Also Like