Presentation on theme: "Hamlet Act Four. Scene One Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet killed Polonius Claudius, Gertrude, and their advisors will figure out a way to tell."— Presentation transcript:
Scene One Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet killed Polonius Claudius, Gertrude, and their advisors will figure out a way to tell the public about Polonius’ death without making Hamlet look like an enemy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are sent to convince Hamlet to bring Polonius’ body to the chapel before they all leave for England
Scene Two Hamlet doesn’t tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern where he put Polonius’ body Hamlet calls Rosencrantz a sponge because he is used by Claudius to soak up information and tell Claudius everything he knows “you shall be dry again,” – Hamlet foreshadowing Rosencrantz’s death
Scene Two Continued “The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing-” Hamlet Body could mean either Polonius or King Hamlet King could mean either King Claudius or King Hamlet Hamlet may be avoiding responsibility for his actions, threatening Claudius, or speaking generally about what happens when people die.
Scene Three Claudius also cannot get Hamlet to tell him where Polonius’ body is, but he does hint at its location Hamlet’s speech is not making sense Hamlet is sent to England Claudius has asked the king of England to kill Hamlet as soon as he arrives there
Scene Four Fortinbras enters with his army to ask Claudius’ permission to pass through Demark to Poland One of the captains tells Hamlet they are planning to fight for a small piece of land that isn’t worth much, but that the Polish army is already stationed to defend it Hamlet says, “This is th’ impostume of much wealth and peace, that inward breaks and shows no cause without why the man dies.” Too much peace and money are not good for a country
Scene Four Continued Hamlet feels that Fortinbras’ willingness to fight for something is yet another reason he should have gotten his revenge by now Hamlet says, “ Oh, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” Hamlet will now only think about and act on violent thoughts
Scene Five Ophelia has seemingly gone insane since her father died She is desperately trying to see Gertrude to talk to her, but Gertrude is hesitant because she feels guilty because of her role in Polonius’ death Ophelia is described as insane and she sings a song about love and virginity
Scene Five Continued People in Denmark are talking about Polonius’ death because Claudius buried him quickly without the proper state funeral Laertes has secretly returned from France and there are rumors that Claudius is responsible for Polonius’ death People storm the castle chanting “ Laertes shall be king! Laertes king!”
Scene Five Continued Laertes confronts Clauidus Laertes as Hamlet’s counterpart – he calls himself a bastard since his father’s murderer is still living while Hamlet still has not acted in revenge Ophelia’s madness further encourages Laertes to get revenge for his father Laertes to agrees to hear Claudius’ side of the story
Scene Six A sailor finds Horatio with a letter from Hamlet A pirate ship attacked the ship Hamlet was taking to England and somehow Hamlet ended up on board with the pirates as the only prisoner Hamlet is back in Denmark and the sailors will show Horatio where to find him because he has a lot to tell him about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Scene Seven Claudius tells Laertes the truth about Polonius’ death and gives two reasons why more was not done to punish Hamlet 1. Gertrude loves her son and Claudius does not want to hurt Gertrude 2. The public loves Hamlet and would twist anything bad Claudius says about him into something good and they would only hate Claudius instead
Scene Seven Continued Hamlet’s letter tells Claudius that he is back in Denmark and wants to see him tomorrow Claudius promises Laertes that Hamlet will be killed and it will be in a way that leaves both of them innocent
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