Gertrude and Claudius play their role well as they show concern
for Hamlet's welfare. Gertrude sends for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, good
friends of Hamlet, to speak with him and find out what is troubling him.
Polonius seems to think that Hamlet's behavior is the result
of being deeply in love with Ophelia and that she is indifferent towards him.
He plans to spy on Hamlet and speak with him. He is no match for Hamlet and
is easily outwitted by him with words that have double meanings.
When Hamlet meets his friends, he quickly understands their
motifs. By means of word play he gets them to admit to him as to why they
Hamlet uses the players to entrap Claudius and find out the
These three events underscore Hamlet's ability to duel with