Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is home from school in Germany to mourn the loss of his father, the King of Denmark. The ghost of the King appears to Hamlet on the ramparts of Elsinore Castle and tells him to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. As part of his plan, Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge on Claudius for the murder of his father. Claudius, fearing for his life, also devises plots to kill Hamlet. The play comes to an end with a duel, during which Claudius, the Queen, Hamlet’s opponent and Hamlet himself are all killed. Hamlet’s friend, Horatio, is the only one left to tell the story of what occurred at Elsinore Castle.