on how to act abroad and orders Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet.Hamlet’s sanity begins to be questioned by all. Claudius and Gertrude are both concerned; Polonius suggests it is Ophelia’s rejection of his advances. Claudius and Polonius decide to spy on Hamlet and Ophelia. Claudius further employs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two childhood friends of Hamlet, tospy on him further. Hamlet quickly realizes their intentions.A troupe of players happens to be in town and Hamlet utilizes the actors to determine the validity of his father’s murder. He will have them perform the very act of murder, killing a king through poison in the ear, which the ghost has claimed. He asks Horatio to watch Claudius’ reaction throughout the play. While the court is watching, Claudius is enraged and leaves the play convincing Hamlet that he is the murderer.Hamlet comes upon Claudius in the chapel, kneeling down to pray. He considers killing him then and there, but since Claudius is in mid-prayer, and will therefore go to heaven if he dies, Hamlet decides towait until Claudius is committing some sin, so that he will go to hell like Hamlet’s father before him.Hamlet meets Gertrude in her room and an argument ensues. When he hears Polonius who is hiding
behind the curtain shout for help, he stabs him thinking it is Claudius. The ghost appears to Hamlet to refocus him on the task of killing Claudius.