Hamlet Journal Entry

My father’s death came as to a shock to me. The cause of his death is unknown, which leaves me curious as to what really happened. It has been one month since his death and my father’s brother; Claudius, is to be married to my mother. How can this be, after only one month? My father was a good man; loyal, trusting and good at heart. Does my mother realize? How can she already remarry, especially to her own brother? I don’t understand how they could already be in love so soon after my fathers death. This is very suspicious. 2nd Entry; My fathers back from the dead!

Could it be true? Does Horatio speak the truth? He is such the scholar, but do his eyes deceive him? I shall go and look for my self! 3rd Entry; It’s true! My father has chosen to show to warn me about the unfaithful deeds. He has been murdered by Claudius. I will avenge him. Is my mother blind to these intentions? I am now mad. 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 merely just an act of my madness.

I must reveal his sinister-like actions. I will reveal Claudius, and kill him at the right time. I shall heed my father’s commands. 4th Entry; Claudius killed, for the crown and the wife’s hand of my father. He shall pay. 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. Also, 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, I hurt Ophelia. I insulted her and all women in that manner. I think that Ophelia is very offended, and I know that is not how to treat one who I have feelings for. th Entry; I have now captured the conscience of the King. Horatio and I are now convinced of Claudius’ guilt. 5th Entry; I saw that Claudius was praying to god, confessing his sins, hoping to be cleansed of his guilty intentions. I could have killed him, but then that would serve no purpose. I want him to go to hell where he belongs. If I killed him at confession, he would be sent to heaven, which would then defeat the purpose. I will wait for when he is in a drunken state, for then he is at his weakness. 6th Entry; I killed poor Polonius. I should not have been blind. I acted before thinking.

I am forever sorry, but he was a rat. A spy of Claudius’. That was not meant to be him, I believed it was Claudius. Fate must have brought him to this. 7th Entry; I have convinced my mother of my false insanity. She promised 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. 2nd Entry; Well, it appears, I’m being sent to 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. th 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. Rosencrantz and Guildensterns’ 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, which belonged to Yorick, a court jester. He entertained me as a child, and I couldn’t quite help but seeing this and thinking that this could be where I am headed.

Could this be a sign of fate revealing my future? th Entry; As I looked through Yoricks’ grave, I envisioned a funeral headed towards me. This is where I learned that Ophelia has died. I am shocked. Could I have been the one who brought this upon Ophelia? I murdered her father; like how Claudius murdered my own. I am guilt stricken. This is driving me to insanity. 8th Entry; I have been chosen to have a dueling match with Laertes. He wants revenge as so do I. I will face him. This is where I will enact the revenge of my father. I will reveal Claudius, and kill him myself. Then this will finally be over. I will not rest until my revenge is fulfilled.

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