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Hamlet Diary
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 Entry; 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 had. 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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