By: Hayley Gill
"What is it, sir? Of course we will."
"Don’t ever tell anyone what you’ve seen tonight."
"We won’t, sir."
"Is he crazy with love for you?"
"I’m not sure, but I’m afraid he might be."
Act 3 Part 1
The guards bring Horatio to see the ghost (King Hamlet). Claudius is King; Hamlet is still mourning; Laertes gets to go to Paris; Horatio tells Hamlet about the ghost. Ophelia is dating Hamlet- Laertes and Polonius do not approve, Polonius gives Laertes advice. Hamlet sees the ghost and follows; friends try to stop him. Ghost tells Hamlet about the murder and seeks revenge. Hamlet will put on an act of madness.
Polonius sent a spy to Paris to spy on his son Laetres; Polonius assumes that Hamlet's recent madness must be the result of his love for Ophelia and runs to tell the king and queen; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (childhood friends of Hamlet) are sent to spy on Hamlet and find out why he's "mad"; Messenger says Fortinbras is now going to invade Poland instead of Denmark; Polonius tells them his recent "discovery"; Hamlet decides he'll use the play to discern Claudius' guilt and then act.
Polonius and the rest all arrange to have Hamlet and Ophelia meet, and then they will spy on them. Hamlet expresses (in a soliloquy) that he wants to die but the fear of what comes after death stops him. He later tells Ophelia to "get thee to a nunnery." During the play, Claudius is so ridden with guilt he cannot even remain in the room. This moves Hamlet to believe Claudius guilty of murder, and so he later concludes that he has to shake his mother back to her senses.
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