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Why does Hamlet call Rosencrantz a sponge in Act 4 scene 2?
Because he absorbs everything the king tells him to do.
What does Hamlet mean when he tells Claudius that Polonius is at supper in Act 4 scene 3?
Hamlet mean Polonius is being eaten by maggots.
What does the letter sent to England with Hamlet ask England to do in Act 4 scene 7?
It asks England to execute Hamlet.
Why does Laertes confront the king in Act 4 scene 5?
Because Polonius, Laertes's father, was killed.
What two reasons does Claudius give to Laertes for not arresting Hamlet in Act 4 scene 7?
1) The queen is Hamlet's mother, and she'll be hurt if Hamlet is arrested.
2) The people love Hamlet
At the end of Act 4 Scene 7, Laertes and Claudius plan two different ways to poison Hamlet. What are they?
1) Cut him with a poisoned sword.
2) Poison Hamlet's drink
What does Laertes learn about his sister at the end of Act 4 Scene 7?
He learns Ophelia is dead, she drowned in the river.
What does the priest mean when he says "her death was doubtful"?
She might or might have not killed herself.
What does Hamlet want to prove by jumping into Ophelia's grave and arguing with Laertes?
He wanted to prove his love for Ophelia was stronger than Laertes's.
What did Hamlet ask England to do in the letter he rewrote?
To kill the people carrying the letter (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)
Why does Claudius tell the queen not to drink during the match?
Because the drink was poisoned.
Why doesn't Hamlet let Horatio drink the poison?
So that Horatio may clear Hamlet's name.
What is given to young Fortinbras?
The Danish throne.
"O, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
He will only have bad thoughts from thereon. He is only going to kill.
"O Gertrude, Gertrude, when sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalias"
Bad things don't just happen by themselves, they come in groups.
"is't possible a young maid's wit should be as mortal as an old man's life?"
Is it possible for someone so young to lose her mind.
"And where the offence is, let the great axe fall"
Let justice carried out on the offender or punishment needs to be administered for wrongs done.
"Laertes, was your father dear to you? Or are you like a painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?"
Do you actually feel sad for your father's death or are you only pretending?
"In thee is not half an hour of life"
You will die very soon.
"Report me and my cause aright to the unsatisfied"
Let the people know why I acted the way I did. Clear my name.