Hamlet Act 3

Hamlet Act 3

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Hamlet Act 3

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  • Hamlet meditates on death and uncertainty and says the famous line, 'To be or not to be that is the question." Hamlet then harshly rejects Ophelia and denounces women and marriage. King Claudius plans to send Hamlet to England.
  • To be or not to be that is the question.
  • Hamlet tells Horatio to observe King Claudius's reaction and expressions during the play, which resembles the way his father died, in order to determine is King Claudius killed the previous king.
  • After watching the plan which greatly resembles the way that King Hamlet was murdered, King Claudius rises and leaves in distress. Hamlet is now completely convinced that King Claudius murdered King Hamlet. 
  • Hamlet
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern return to Hamlet after the play to tell him that King Claudius is very angry about the play and that is mother, Queen Gertrude, wishes to speak to him in her room. 
  • King Claudius goes to pray and hopes to find spiritual forgiveness for his crime if he continues to profit from it. Hamlet finds Claudius praying and prepares to kill him but decides that he might go to heaven if he dies while in prayer. He decides to kill him another time.
  • Polonius hides behind a tapestry in Queen's room, preparing to eavesdrop on their conversation. Polonius calls out for help and Hamlet kills him through the tapestry, thinking that he was King Claudius. Hamlet warns the Queen to stay out of King Claudius's bed. 
  • Polonius
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