Hamlet Act 3 Project

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  • Act 3, Scene 1
  • We shall attend the play, my queen. WIth all my heart, and it doth much content me to hear Hamlet is so inclined.
  • So shall I hope my son will be back to his wonted way.
  • Act 3, Scene 1
  • To be, or not to be, that is the question...
  • Act 3, Scene 1
  • Heavenly powers, restore him!
  • You should not have believed my love for you. Farewell, now for you are a sinner that shall not marry.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unable to figure out the reason behind Hamlet's mad behavior, but they inform Claudius and Gertrude that he was excited by the arrival of the players. The King and Queen, hopeful that Hamlet's mental health is improving, agree to attend the play.
  • Act 3, Scene 2
  • In a soliloquy, Hamlet, once again, considers killing himself but is afraid of the consequences in the afterlife. Evident from his hesitance to avenge the King Hamlet's death, Hamlet realizes that fear turns people into cowards, and action into inaction.
  • Act 3, Scene 3
  • My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
  • Ophelia walks in to talk to Hamlet as planned by Polonius and Claudius. Hamlet asks Ophelia if she's honest, and then says beauty corrupts honesty. Given his hatred for women, Hamlet tells Ophelia he loved her once, then says he never loved her. He commands her to go to a nunnery, proving he is not mad due to love.
  • Act 3, Scene 4
  • O Hamlet, though hast cleft my heart in twain.
  • Come, sir, to draw toward an end with you.
  • O good Horatio, I'll take the ghost's word for a thousand pound. Didst perceive?
  • Gertrude, Claudius, Ophelia, and Polonius have arrived to the play, so Hamlet begins to act mad. The players then begin to act the full play. Claudius asks the name of the play, and Hamlet says, "The Mouse-trap." When the villain in the play pours poison into the king's ear, Claudius is clearly upset and distressed as he runs out of the room.
  • I need to get out of here now!
  • Hamlet enters Claudius chambers. He draws his sword to kill Claudius, but it occurs to him that if he kills Claudius as he prays, then Claudius will go to heaven. This wouldn't be real revenge given that Claudius murdered Hamlet's father before he could pray, leaving King Hamlet in purgatory. Hamlet decides to wait until Claudius is sinning to kill him.
  • I could easily kill him right now, but I'll wait until his next sin to send him to hell.
  • As previously agreed, Polonius will hide behind a tapestry while Gertrude talks to Hamlet about his recent odd behavior. Once Hamlet arrives, he begins to speak violently and Gertrude cries, causing Polonius to scream for help. Hamlet, mistaking Polonius for Claudius, stabs Polonius through the tapestry and drags the bloody body.
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