Term Paper: Hamlet How Do You React

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Hamlet

How do you react to Hamlet's treatment of Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 1? What evidence suggests that he knows he is being watched by Claudius and Polonius?

Hamlet shouts that there will be no more marriages, which is a direct threat to Claudius rather than to Ophelia. He also calls Ophelia false, and seems to believe that she has betrayed him, which only makes sense if he feels she is being used. While Hamlet's paranoia could be a product of his overwrought emotional state and hatred of Gertrude, the fact that he reacts so violently to her gentle rebuke suggests that he is angry at Ophelia for going along with what he sees as a trap, not just her romantic rejection.

What does Hamlet think of the Claudius's reaction to "The murder of Gonzago"? Why does Claudius not react to the dumb-show before the play-with-in-a-play?

Hamlet believes that the king's reaction is proof of his guilt. However, it could be that Claudius is more self-controlled, and does not react to the dumb-show because he does not wish to give himself away, and then he is simply is tired of seeing the Player King commit murder two times over, in… [END OF PREVIEW]

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