Analysis of the Closet Scene in Hamlet

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Hamlet Analysis “Such an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty, calls virtue hypocrite, takes off the rose from the fair forehead of an innocent love and sets a blister there, makes marriage vows as false as dicers’ oaths—O, such a deed…”. (III, iv, 47-52) In the argument between Hamlet and his mother, Hamlet was in the process of exposing her for who she is. He soon sees the Ghost of his father, and Gertrude believes he has descended into madness. The closet scene in which Polonius is brutally murdered is, due to the turn of events that happen following it, is the climax of the story. It serves as the overall catalyst for the exile of Hamlet, the fencing match between him and Laertes, and the sudden string of deaths. It foreshadows what is to come later on in the play. The themes and allusions expressed in the exchange completely reflect the anger and intensity of Hamlet towards his mother. The critiques by Gregory Harrison support my case. Much to the surprise of his mother, Hamlet began to berate her for her actions involving Claudius following King Hamlet’s death. He explains his chagrin towards her current demeanor, blasting away her attempts to calm him by saying that she “questions with a wicked tongue” (III, iv, 13). Given the fact that Gertrude completely glazed over her former husband’s death so quickly, going straight to Claudius, Hamlet is not barring his words. He remains stern and immovable, until the very second Polonius is alerted by the queen’s cry for help. “How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead.” (III, iv, 27). Polonius is murdered by Hamlet through the arras separating the room and the halls. Hamlet at first believes that he killed the king – then proceeding to further tear down his mother’s wrongdoings. “A bloody deed – almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king and marry with his brother.” (III, iv, 32-33). When he finally jerks the
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