Hamlet Act 4 Questions

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Hamlet Act 4 Questions 1. When Gertrude tells the King that Hamlet is “Mad as the sea and the wind when both contend which is the mightier.” I think she is believes that she because, Gertrude explains how Hamlet was in such a wrath that he was carless enough to kill a person that was hiding behind the curtain one of which he didn’t know the true identity of the man. 2. Claudius’s immediate reaction to the news of Polonius’s death reveals about his character that he is selfish and truly only cares about his own life and not about Polonius’s life. But he is also frightened of Hamlet and he isn’t as righteous a man as he wants people to believe that he is, he as well doesn’t want his public image will be ruined by this. 3. Hamlet’s metaphor in calling Rosencrantz a “sponge” means that he soaks up the king’s approval and will do anything to get such approval even if it means doing the Kings dirty deeds, also when the King wants to find out any information all he simply has to do is squeeze out any information he needs from his “sponge”, Hamlet is also saying that he can be reused to do such jobs over and over again, which makes him untrustworthy. 4. Hamlet observes that “a king may go a progress through the guts of a begger.” Obviously, he has annoyed the King, the theme that he suggested as well is saying that the King is of no more importance than a beggar and is worth nothing. Suggesting that something as big has the same equal value of something big. 5. The King contrived Hamlet’s death by sending Hamlet away to England of which where Claudius has sent a letter telling the King to kill him. 6. It means when Hamlet says “ This is the importance of much wealth and peace”, that when a country is so rich and powerful, as well as peaceful they still find a reason to make war, just purely because they are bored and have nothing better to do with

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