Hamlet Act III Scene 1


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  • Polonius, the King, and the Queen were trying to get answers. Polonius questions Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to see why Hamlet is acting insane. All Rosencrantz answered Hamlet has been distracted as of late, but does not know why. However both agreed that Hamlet is excited about the play. King Claudius wants them to make sure that he is happy and sane once again.
  • To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer... Be all my sins remembered. (III. i.64-98).
  • The Queen wants Ophelia to patch the unstable relationship with Hamlet in order to have Hamlet find sanity and happiness within him.
  • In order for Polonius and the King to see Hamlet's actions. Polonius tells Ophelia to act like she is reading a book as they monitor Hamlet and Ophelia's conversation
  • It shall do well. But yet do I believe the origin and commencement of his grief sprung from neglected love... To England send him; or confine him where your wisdom be shall think. (III. i. 183-194)
  • Love? His affections do not that way tend; Nor what he spake, thought it lack'd form a little... What think you on't? (III. i. 169-182).
  • As Polonius and the King hide Hamlet speaks the iconic "To be or not to be" speech as Ophelia "reads" that book. What this speech means is a choice whether Hamlet would continue living or commit suicide, in the end he decided to live so that he can prove the deception from his Uncle.
  • Hamlet eventually notices Ophelia "reading" and soon Ophelia tried once again to speak to Hamlet. By saying she has gifts for Hamlet to return the favor, however he denied what she said claiming that Hamlet never gave her gifts. Hamlet also tried to get Ophelia to tell him where her father is. Ophelia then lied and said Polonius is at home. Soon Hamlet told Ophelia that she was better off at a Nunnery and left her.
  • After Hamlet rejects his love for Ophelia, Polonius still believes that Hamlet's love for Ophelia is still the cause of his "Insanity". Claudius doubted that it was not love that drove him to madness. Polonius then suggested that Hamlet should have a talk with his mother later in the evening. Claudius agrees to this.
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