hamlet act 4 questions

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Wyna r 1 Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition 22 December 2008 Hamlet Act IV Act IV, Scene i 1. How is this scene ambiguous regarding Gertrude’s “conversion” from the previous scene? In the previous scene Hamlet confesses all his troubles to his mother. He tells her about the ghost, his fake madness, Claudius’s betrayal and his further plans. In the next scene Gertrude right away runs off to Claudius to tell him everything. At first it seems like she is betraying her son, however, as the scene develops we learn that all the information she reveals is exactly what Hamlet said and did, but omitting a few parts. She keeps her promise to not reveal Hamlet’s fake madness. She does the opposite; she makes Claudius believe even further in Hamlet’s crazy emotional state. It is ambiguous to tell whose side she is taking; her sons or her
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Wyna r 2 husband’s. One can’t really tell from this scene the answer lays within the reader and his interpretations of the events. Act IV, Scene ii 1. What is the apparent purpose of this brief scene? The apparent purpose of this scene is to show Hamlet’s knowledge of his surroundings. When Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come by and try to get information about Polonius’s body out of him, he becomes angry with them. He reads their motives like an open book. He compares them to sponges that absorb information from him and that information is later squeezed out by the current king. This scene shows that his friends are not to be trusted and that Hamlet is well aware of it and will not let them play him. Act IV, Scene iii 1. Why can’t Claudius simply deal with Hamlet swiftly and harshly as allowed by law? Claudius asks the English to kill Hamlet because he sees Hamlet as an endangerment to his life. Sane or mad Hamlet’s killing of Polonius proves to Claudius that he was supposed to be the one to die. To save his own life he wishes for Hamlet to
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Wyna r 3 die. He cannot get rid of him swiftly and harshly as allowed by law because that will ruin his reputation of the people of Denmark. The people love Hamlet and think of him as a good person and prince —“loved of the distracted multitude,”(line 4) as Claudius says . If Claudius kills Hamlet in front of their eyes it will cross him out as a king before
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