Realizing that his mother has been murdered and that he himself has been poisoned, Hamlet wastes no more time. He rushes at Claudius and stabs him.
Fortinbras, seeing the entire Danish royal family dead, takes the crown for himself.
The story of Shakespeare's Hamlet was derived from the legend of Amleth, preserved by 13th-century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum.
BERNARDO: Who's there?
HAMLET: Thrift, thrift, Horatio! the funeral baked meatsDid coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
When the ghost appears, Marcellus and Horatio have the following exchange:MARCELLUS: Is it not like the king?HORATIO: As thou art to thyself:Such was the very armour he had onWhen he the ambitious Norway combated.
The Murder of Gonzago is the play Hamlet has performed in order to determine his uncle's innocence or guilt in the death of his father.
The priest denies Ophelia the requiem mass and other trappings of a Christian burial because she took her own life.
Polonius sends Reynaldo to Paris to check up on what Laertes is doing.
After the wedding, Hamlet comments: "But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two."