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___________________________Hamlet by Shakespeare


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Hamlet

Analysis of Act Two

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 had come.

Hamlet uses the players to entrap Claudius and find out the truth.

These three events underscore Hamlet's ability to duel with words.

 

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