Hamlet Act 3

“And for your part, Ophelia, I do wish that your good beauties be the happy cause of Hamlet’s wildness.” the Queen doesn’t want Hamlet’s unhappiness to be her fault
How do men treat Ophelia? Men use her, and she allows them to
“Than is my deed to my most painted word. O heavy burden!” the King feels badly about something
“To be or not to be — that is the question:” Hamlet wonders whether it is better to live or die
What are the pros and cons of dying? pro: sleep for the rest of his life, would’t have to suffer anymore; con: doesn’t know what happens in the afterlife, death could be worse than living
Why doesn’t Hamlet kill himself? Hamlet’s afraid of what’s to come in the afterlife
What does Ophelia give to Hamlet when she sees him? Ophelia gives Hamlet back his letters and belongings
Where does Hamlet tell Ophelia to go? Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery where she won’t be able to hurt anyone
Whose side is Ophelia on? Polonius and the king’s side
What does Hamlet think of Ophelia? Hamlet thinks she is a deceitful liar like Gertrude and wants no part of her
“Heavenly powers, restore him!” Ophelia wants the old Hamlet back
“Those that are married already, all but one, shall live!” Hamlet is angry with Ophelia and threatens Claudius
What does the king think after observing Hamlet’s interaction with Ophelia? Claudius doesn’t agree with Polonius’s theory; he thinks there is something inside of Hamlet that is causing this madness – not the breakup
Why is the king sending Hamlet to England? Claudius knows Hamlet knows something, and he’s worried Hamlet is going to kill him
What is Polonius’s new plan? Polonius wants Gertrude to talk to Hamlet after the play while he spies on them
What will Claudius do if Polonius’s plan fails again? Claudius will send Hamlet to England
“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” Claudius calls Hamlet smart
What is Claudius’ reaction to the play? Claudius stands and Polonius puts an end to the play
What does Hamlet say to Horatio after he sees Claudius’ reaction to the play? Hamlet believes the Ghost and says it is honest
Who does the Queen send to bring Hamlet to her bedroom? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Why does the Queen want to talk to Hamlet? It is all part of Polonius’ plan to prove that the cause of Hamlet’s madness is love
“Let me be cruel, not unnatural. I will speak daggers to her, but use none.” Hamlet will be mean to Gertrude and tell her what he thinks about her, but he will not hurt her because the Ghost told him to leave Gertrude to God.
Who will escort Hamlet to England? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
What is Claudius going to have done once Hamlet is in England? He will have Hamlet killed
What does Claudius say in his soliloquy? Claudius confesses his murder. He can’t pray because of guilt. He would have to give everything up to be forgiven.
Why doesn’t Hamlet kill Claudius when he has the chance? Hamlet believes that Claudius will go to Heaven if Hamlet kills him while he’s praying. Hamlet wants to damn Claudius. He thinks it is unfair to kill Claudius when he has had the chance to repent because his father didn’t have the chance to
What is Hamlet’s tragic flaw? Hamlet overthinks things and procrastinates
What is the climax of the play and why? When Hamlet sheaths his sword because he has the chance to kill Claudius but doesn’t
When does Hamlet want to kill Claudius? when Claudius is sinning
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go.” Claudius wasn’t praying. He didn’t mean anything he was saying
What does Hamlet do that makes Gertrude think he is going to kill her? Hamlet sits her down and tells her she is not allowed to leave until he shows her her true inner self
Who does Hamlet kill? Who does he hope he killed? Polonius; Claudius
How does Gertrude act when Hamlet brings up his father’s murder? Gertrude is surprised because she was not aware of it
How does Hamlet react when he sees that he has killed Polonius? Hamlet has no remorse
What is Claudius’ dilemma? Claudius now has to punish his step son and prince of Denmark because he is a murderer
What does Hamlet show Gertrude pictures of? Why? Hamlet shows Gertrude a picture of his father and a picture of Claudius. He compares them and shows her how far down she has stooped
“Thou turn’st my eyes into my very soul, and there I see such black and grained spots” Hamlet hurt the Queen and she feels bad
“That from a shelf the precious diadem stole and put it in his pocket” Hamlet says Claudius stole the crown
How does Gertrude react when the Ghost appears? Gertrude is afraid of Hamlet. She thinks he’s crazy because he’s talking to nothing
Why does the Ghost appear to Hamlet? the Ghost is there to remind Hamlet of his mission
What advice does Hamlet give to Gertrude? Hamlet tells Gertrude to confess all her sins and repent. He thinks that Gertrude and Claudius’ relationship is rooted in lust and tells her to stay away from Claudius. He says it will get easier not to sleep with him
What does Hamlet do before he leaves his mother’s room? Hamlet hides Polonius’ body in the room next to it
What is another name for the play within the play? mouse trap