A prayer that does not show ones genuine repentance

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A prayer that does not show one’s genuine repentance can never reach heaven. He leaves with a heavy heart. NOTE This is the crisis in Hamlet’s relationship with Claudius. All his doubts and fears, his bouts of real and pretended madness (which have turned him into a threat to the welfare of Denmark in the eyes of the court), his secret plans and plots have brought him to this decisive moment when he must act without doubt or hesitation. He fails again by letting this opportunity pass, allowing Claudius to send him away with his task undone. The king’s prayer, ironically, fails. Hamlet could have carried out his horrible intention of making his enemy suffer the torments of everlasting punishment. The timing of course is wrong. If Hamlet had killed Claudius without any witnesses, it would be considered an assassination in the eyes of the people of Denmark and Claudius’ guilt would never be known. Only Hamlet and Horatio know about Claudius’ guilt and he wants the whole world to know what the king did. Hamlet Act 3 Scene iii 2019 Hoërskool Piet Potgieter
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8 HAMLET Act 3 Scene iii Questions 1. Answer the following questions: 1.1. Where does Act 3 Scene iii take place? Act 3 Scene iii takes place in a room of Elsinore Castle. 1.2. When does it take place? It takes place later on the same night when the Play-scene took place. 1.3. What does Claudius mean by saying “I like him not”? Claudius does not like Hamlet’s act of madness. He does not like Hamlet’s behaviour. 1.4. In what state of mind is the king? He is nervous and agitated (troubled). 1.5. In what way is Hamlet’s madness dangerous, according to Claudius? It is not safe to allow his mad acts to go unchecked and to disrupt the kingdom. 1.6. What instructions does he give Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern should prepare to go to England with Hamlet. Claudius will draw up the sealed orders, which they are to take with them. 1.7. What is Claudius’ motive for sending Hamlet away? Claudius’ position as king to Denmark may not survive the danger that seems to increase hourly, of Hamlet’s madness. If the king is in danger, the people of Denmark are in danger. The truth of the matter is that Claudius doesn’t want Hamlet to expose him as the murderer. 1.8. What is the obligation of a king, according to a) Guildenstern? Guildenstern says it is the king’s duty to ensure his own safety for the sake of his subjects who are dependent on him. b) Rosencrantz? Rosencrantz remarks that every private individual has an obligation to protect himself against harm with all the power of his mind. The king, on whose well- being the lives of so many people depend, has a far greater obligation to keep himself safe. 1.9. What are the consequences of a king’s death, according to Rosencrantz? When a king dies, he does not perish alone. His death is like a whirlpool that sucks down everything near its centre.
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