Hamlet Diary


Hamlet Diary Essay, Research Paper

Act 1:

1st Entry;

I am still in morn. My father’s death came as to a

shock to me. He was a great man who led and served his

country well. He died of means, which are unknown,

which leaves me curious on the manner. As I am soaked

from head to toe in these inky-covered clothes, I sit

and contemplate. It has been one month since and my

father’s brother; Claudius is to be wedded with my

mother. Is it possible that my mother is finished

grieving? I know that there is no time put on such a

feeling, but one month! Can be true. Father was a good

King; loyal, trusting and good at heart. Does my

mother realize? Has she, herself been shocked with the

tragedy that our family has encountered? And what is

this about Claudius? I mean, his Brother! One month and

these two are ready for the incest within marriage.

Claudius is acting with haste. I do understand the

position on which now lies upon him, but what I don’t

understand is how could they be already in love so soon

after my very fathers death?!

I shall keep my eyes open, as I keep these clouds above my head. 2nd


My fathers back from the dead! Could it be true? Does my father

lie in purgatory? Why does he lay unrest? Does Horatio speak

the truth? He is such the scholar, but does his eyes deceive

him? I shall go and look for my self! 3rd Entry;

It is true! My father has chosen to show to warn me about the

unfaithful deeds. MURDERED! Claudius, that swine. Plague upon

him. With his murderous intentions, he shall feel the rage,

which my father unleashes upon him. Is my mother blind to

these intentions? To these actions? Is it true, that my mother

and Claudius had adulterous relations before my father’s death?

I am now mad, for that will be the explanation which people

will say in my defense. I will play insane, for people will

expect such intentions of my revenge. My father’s murder has

now brought me to an unconscious state. When I seek revenge,

it is merle just an act out of my madness. I must reveal his

sinister-like actions. Revenge has to be wisely thought out. I

will reveal Claudius, and kill him at the right time. I swear

on my father’s grave, I shall heed my father’s commands.

4th Entry;

Most foul, strange and unnatural. Claudius kills, for the crown

and the wife’s hand of my father. He shall pay dearly with his

life. My revenge is going to be sweet sorrow, for when I slay

Claudius, the country will know of these intentions which he


Act 2:

1st Entry;

I displayed an act of madness to Ophelia. Hopefully, she will

tell this to her father which will then tell the King, that I

have gone mad. 2nd Entry;

I met with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. They were acting

quite different. I hope that I could trust these fellow

companions. I greeted the players, which will be acting in the

play, which I have written. “The Murder of Gonzago”. This

play reveals what might have happened on the night of the

murder. Cleverly put together, I have shown Claudius’

intentions in the murder. While this play takes place, I shall

wait for a moment of weakness, for then I could strike. I will

test Claudius’ guilt, in the re-enacted murder. 3rd Entry;

Again, hurt Ophelia. I insulted her and all women in that

manner. Who cares? They all ask for it! I think that Ophelia

is very offended, and I know that is not how to treat one who I

contradictory have feelings for. Soon it will all be over and

that is when I shall act to the sane persons mind. 4th Entry;

I have now captured the conscience of the King. Horatio and I

are now convinced of Claudius’ guilt. The King is very angry,

which I seem to be blind on, due to my madness. 5th Entry;

I saw that he was praying to god, confessing his sins, hoping

to be cleansed of his guilty intentions. I could have killed

thee, but then that would serve no purpose. I want him to go

to hell where he belongs. Only if I then killed him at

confession, which would be killing in the face of God. Then

that would send him to heaven, which will then defeat the

purpose. I will wait for when he is in a drunken state, for

then he is at his weakness.

6th Entry;

Poor Polonius. Only is if I had though ahead. I should not

have been blind. I acted before thinking. I am forever sorry,

but he was a rat. A no-good spy of Claudius’. Eavesdropping

in conversation. I say sorry, but that is now not good.

Actions have already been carried out. That was not meant to

be him, but just Claudius was all who I looked for. Fate must

have brought him to this. I will now be in trouble, looks as

though I will be off. 7th Entry;

I have convinced my mother of my false insanity. Following her

immorality in marrying Claudius. She promises to lie to

Claudius about my mad intentions.

Act 4:

1st Entry;

I had to go into interrogation about Polonius’ corpse. It was

hidden’, and I sent them all on a chase looking for it. I

might as well have some fun with them. Then, I had to tell

them where Polonius laid. If Claudius did not believe me then

he could go and look for himself. 2nd Entry;

Well, I am off to England! I have always wanted to see

England. 3rd Entry;

Fortenbras moved me. He is a good man. Strong at heart. For

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, well I have a little something

for them. 4th Entry;

I wrote a letter to Horatio, explaining my escape from

England. I have escaped from England, by switching the initial

letter for one of my own letting me off the hook. God rest

Rosencrantz and guildensterns’ soul for the are about to take

my penalty of murder. 5th Entry;

I return to Denmark for a surprise visit. 6th Entry;

I met two grave diggers preparing a grave. I saw an old skull

obviously from a previously dug grave, who in no other then

Yorick, a court jester. He entertained me as a kid, and I

couldn’t quite help but seeing this and thinking that this

could be where I am headed. He was a man like I; witty,

strong, and lost in thought. Could this be a sign of fate

revealing my future?

7th Entry;

As I was poking around in Yoricks’ grave thinking, I saw a

funeral headed towards me and this is where I learn that my

dear Ophelia has died. I am shocked. Could I have been the one

who brought this upon Ophelia? Of coarse it was I. I mean, I

murdered her father; like how Claudius murdered my own. I am

guilt stricken. This on top of everything else is just driving

me to insanity. It is too much. I cared deeply for her, and

the only way I could repay her is by this! An eternal sleep.

8th Entry;

I have been chosen to have a dueling match with Laertes. He

wants revenge as so do I. He will get his match, and this is

where I shall strike in revenge of my father. Tis a better

time then never. I will reveal Claudius, and stick him with my

own dagger. Then this catastrophe shall all be over. I will

not rest until my revenge is fulfilled. Until my next


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