Hamlet act 4

How does claudius find out that hamlet killed polonius The Queen tells him
What is the Kings main concern when he finds out that polonius has been killed? Why does he decide to turn to his “wisest friends”? He worries how he will explain the murder to the public without looking bad; needs P. R.
Who is instructed to bring Polonius’s body to the chapel Rosencratz and Guildenstern
What does hamlet tell Rosencratz and Guildenstern about the location of Polonius’s death? Why? He won’t tell them
Hamlet goes with Rosencratz and Guildenstern to see whom? The king
Why does Claudius tell his courtiers that hamlet-mad and he must not be confined The masses love hamlet and would not like it
What does Claudius want the English ruler to do with hamlet? Do Rosencratz and Guildenstern know that? To kill him; probably not
How does hamlet act when the king asks him about the location of Polonius’s body? He pretends madness
For what purpose does fortinbras send his captain to greet Claudius To say hello and get final approval for taking troops across Danish soil
What does hamlet learn about the Norwegian soldiers when he questions the captain? They are going boldly to fight over a worthless piece of land
What contrast does hamlet note between fortinbras and himself Fortinbras is decisive, even if there is little monetary value involved
Why does Gertrude state that she won’t see Ophelia? Why does she soon change her mind Gertrude has heard that Ophelia is acting crazy
What is Claudius’s theory about why Ophelia is acting so oddly? Is he right? She can’t handle her fathers death
Why does laertes return from France? To avenge his fathers death
Why does Claudius he has to placate laertes? What do laertes’ followers want for laertes? Otherwise laertes might muster enough men to overthrow Claudius. Laertes followers want him to be Claudius successor
How does Claudius calm down laertes? What does he promise Promises to help punish his fathers killer
What happens to the ship hamlet is on? It’s attacked by pirates
How does hamlet get back to Denmark The Pirates brought him back
How does horatio find hamlet Hamlet sends a letter with some sailors, who guide horatio to hamlet
What two reasons does Claudius give laertes for failing to apprehend hamlet and punish him for Polonius’s death? Out of respect for hamlets mother and because the public adores him
How does Claudius find out hamlet is back in Denmark Hamlet sends a message to the king and one to the queen
What is the Kings original plan for killing hamlet Arranging a fencing match in which supposedly blunt foil is sharpened
Laertes and the king come up with back up plans in case the sharpened foil, alone, doesn’t kill hamlet. What do they intend to make “triply” sure that hamlet does? They add poise to the tip of the foil and poison a cup of wine
How does Ophelia die She drowns while hanging flowers on a tree over a stream
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