Climax Of Hamlet

Where is the climax in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

The climax is where tension and uncertainty is highest in the play, I'm having trouble where this is in Hamlet.

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It is understandable that identifying the climax (or "crisis") of the Shakespeare's Hamlet might cause some uncertainty. Sometimes one person may see the climax of the story in a different location compared to others. 

The eNotes Guide to Literary Terms defines the climax as...

...the moment in a play, novel, short story, or narrative poem at which the crisis comes to its point of greatest intensity and is resolved. 

The climax can also be referred to as the turning point. Based on Freytag's definition of dramatic structure, the climax (as you note) is a time of intensity with regard to the plot development and the "tension" or "uncertainty" that may be experienced by the reader. After the climax (or "crisis"), the falling action takes place: the intensity in the plot development subsides, and the story is concluded with the resolution.

Also called the "crisis," the climax is also defined as...

A significant turning point in the story that determines how it must end.

With these definitions in...

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