Rosencrantz and Guildenstern confess that they have failed to find out what is happening to Hamlet. Ophelia pretends to be engaged in religious devotion while Polonius along with the King and Queen secretly listen. When Hamlet encounters Ophelia, their exchanges are marked by cruelty on his part and distress on hers. Polonius suggest that the Queen should make one last attempt to figure out the cause of her son's madness.
-Hamlet writes lines for the play. -Hamlet askes Horatio to study Claudius during the play. -The play contains detail of the murder. -Claudius rises in outrage during the play when poison is poured into the King's ear and Polonius calls a halt to the performance. -Hamlet, in soliloquy, gives way to murderous thoughts, but avoids harming his mother.
-Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England immediately, escorted there by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. -He reflects on what he has done and tries to pray. -He realises he cannot receive forgiveness unless her gives up Gertrude and the crown. -Feels unable to do this and is unable to pray. -Hamlet finds Claudius kneeling and is tempted to kill him but fears that it would send him to Heaven. -Hamlet postpones the act of vengeance to a time when he could send him to damnation. -