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Hamlet - Act III Questions

posted May 10, 2012 19:37:39 by
Hey - we're more than halfway through Hamlet! Post your two questions and their answers here.... Don't forget to comment on other answers if you see something incorrect or needing further information.
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jarnouldbutler804 said May 10, 2012 20:13:12
6. In part it is felt that Hamlet treated Ophelia so cruelly because she was returning her tokens of his love. Also perhaps as a show of madness if he knew he was being watched

19. Hamlet doesn't kill Claudious while he was praying because he believes Claudious will go to heaven if he is killed while praying. He wants him to go to hell so he'd rather kill him while he was sinning
avatar said May 10, 2012 20:25:20
8. Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England.
21. Hamlet kills Polonius because he thinks that the person hiding is King Claudius, but it's actually Polonius.
thill111 said May 11, 2012 02:42:52
23) The Ghost appears to Hamlet while he is "speaking daggers" to his mother to remind him that he isn't to have any revenge against his mother, and rather to leave her to heaven to deal with.
24) Hamlet asks his mother to not be intimate with his uncle anymore.
cmclean867 said May 11, 2012 12:27:57
1) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern tell Polonius that they do not know what is making Hamlet crazy and that Hamlet is excited about a play he wants the King and Queen to attend.

5) Hamlet's main argument against suicide is that the uncertainty of what comes after life scares everyone and the thought of having to repent for sins scares him 'thus conscience does make cowards of us all'.
srowat502 said May 11, 2012 14:40:06
10. Hamlet asks Horatio to watch the expression of King Claudius during the play. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did murder his father by watching his reaction to the play parallel to his murder. Horatio would be a second witness to Claudius' reaction.

21. When Hamlet's mother asks if Hamlet is there to murder her, she cries out for help. Polonius hearing her call from behind the tapestry answers and starts to move. Hamlet thinks it is Claudius spying and jabs his dagger into the tapestry killing Polonius. He then looks behind and realizes who it wasn't who he thought it was.

cjules986 said May 12, 2012 04:52:43
13. The King gets very upset when the Player King is poisoned in the ear, he stops the play and then leaves.

25. The climax in Hamlet is when Hamlet mistakes Polonius for King Claudius and stabs him through the tapestry.
Alex said May 12, 2012 06:22:43
16. Claudius instructs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to escort Hamlet to England for an undetermined amount of time.
17. In the lines 11-23, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern support the King by telling him that a king does not stand alone, he stands with his people. They support him as if a King falls, it affects the entire country and all of it's people. In supporting the King they are supporting themselves, and their country and fellow citizens.
eking596 said May 14, 2012 00:44:33

8) Send hamlet to England and to be killed there.
11) The play within the play describes the way Claudius had murdered the king.
acaleanu932 said May 14, 2012 05:27:17
3. The plan was to get Hamlet and Ophelia alone and to confront each other. Polonius and Ophelia are to hear what Hamlet says after Ophelia tells him that she wants no more of his shenanigans. Then, they will judge by his actions to see if he is in love with Ophelia.

20. Polonius basically tells the Queen to tell Hamlet off for playing all these "pranks" on everyone. He asks her to be direct with him.

tkostiuk372 said May 15, 2012 20:47:53
5. Hamlet's main argument is that he does not know what will come after death. He doesn't know if death will bring worse horrors than the life he currently lives in.

10. Hamlet asks Horatio to watch Cladius's reaction to the play to see if his conscience comes into play and shows his guilt for murdering the King.
ejones193 said May 16, 2012 18:31:03
12. In line 233 Hamlet refers to the play-within-a-play as "The Mouse-trap" because it was created to find out if the king really killed Hamlet's father. The title "The Mouse-trap" is a metaphor for the play. The king will be traped by this play as it brings out the truth as a mouse would be traped by a mouse-trap.

14. In lines 354-363 Hamlet compares himself to an instrument because he belives that Guildenstern is playing him like a pipe.
bbermiller488 said May 16, 2012 21:53:45
18. Claudious is finding praying for forgiveness nearly impossible to do.

7. Hamlet threatens to kill the King. "Only one shall live."
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