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___________________________Hamlet by Shakespeare


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Hamlet

Act Four, Scene One

Gertrude is now convinced that her son is in the grip of madness, and informs the king of the death of Polonius. The king realizes that he probably was Hamlet’s target and tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to leave immediately for England with Hamlet.

 

Act Four, Scene Two

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to discover where Hamlet has hidden Polonius’ body. Hamlet mocks them and refuses to answer. Nevertheless he agrees to meet the king.

 

Act Four, Scene Three

Hamlet refuses to answer the king’s questions but pretends to be happy to go into exile. Left alone, Claudius reveals that he has ordered that Hamlet be executed on his arrival in England.

 

Act Four, Scene Four

Before leaving for England, Hamlet meets Fortinbras, who is crossing Denmark to battle for barren lands. Musing on the futility of this action, considering what is at stake, Hamlet, who has to avenge the death of his father and his mother’s dishonoring, reproaches his own inactivity. (Fourth soliloquy: "How all occasions do inform against me.")

 

Act Four, Scene Five

Ophelia arrives, driven mad by the death of her father and the loss of Hamlet. The queen tries to reason with her, but she says nothing, contenting herself with singing lovers’ laments.

Laertes arrives from France demanding to learn the truth about the circumstances of his father’s death and why he didn’t receive a state funeral. Just at the moment the king is preparing to explain, Ophelia enters the room. Realizing what has befallen his sister Laertes promises to punish those responsible for his father’s death.

 

Act Four, Scene Six

Horatio receives a letter from Hamlet in which he describes how his ship had been attacked by pirates, who spared him after receiving assurance that they would be received by the king of Denmark. Hamlet informs Horatio that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are still on their way to England.

 

Act Four, Scene Seven

Claudius holds Hamlet responsible for the death of Polonius and Ophelia’s madness, and tells Laertes the reasons which pushed him to spare Hamlet; apart from the affection of his mother, Hamlet has the support of the people. A messenger arrives and announces Hamlet’s return. The king considers stratagems and suggests that Laertes provoke his nephew into a duel.

Laertes accepts the king’s proposition and announces his intention to coat the end of his sword with a deadly poison. In addition the king will offer Hamlet a poisoned goblet during the duel. The queen enters and announces the death of Ophelia, who has drowned.

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