Hamlet: Act 4

Whom does Gertrude rush to see after Polonius is killed? Claudius
What does Gertrude compare herself to? The violent ocean
What is Claudius’s main concern? Keeping his power
What does Hamlet accuse Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of? Being spies for Claudius
What does Hamlet allow Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do? Accompany him back to Claudius
Who reveals the location of Polonius’s body? Hamlet
What orders does Claudius send to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? That Hamlet be killed
What is Fortinbras doing when he comes across Hamlet, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern? He is on his way to attack Poland
Why is Hamlet surprised by the nature of the conflict between Poland and Norway? Because the conflict seems so insignificant
What does Hamlet resolve to do after meeting Fortinbras? Achieve his revenge
How does Ophelia handle the news of Polonius’s death? She goes crazy
What does Horatio urge Gertrude to do? Console Ophelia
How do the peasants feel about Laertes upon his return? They feel that he ought to be king
What advice does Claudius give to Laertes? That he should seek revenge upon the person responsible of Polonius’s Death
What does Hamlet’s letter to Horatio say? That he is returning to Denmark with news
Why doesn’t Claudius punish Hamlet? Because too many people adore Hamlet
Why is Laertes happy about Hamlet’s return to Denmark? Because he plans to kill him
When does Laertes plan to kill Hamlet? At a fencing match
What do Laertes and Claudius plan to do if Hamlet wins the duel? Poison him with a cup of wine
How does Ophelia die? She drowns in a river