Hamlet Act 3 Review

What question does Hamlet pose to Ophelia, and what does he tell her that she should do? “Are you honest?” (Are you a virgin?) He tells her to go to a nunnery so that she won’t “breed” sinners
How does Hamlet regard women, love, romance, and marriage? Why might he feel this way? He thinks that it shouldn’t exist. He could feel this way because of his mother and Claudius getting married.
What does Claudius conclude about Hamlet after overhearing the conversation with Ophelia? He concludes that Hamlet isn’t crazy, his sadness, not love, is making him behave strangely.
Why does Claudius decide to send Hamlet to England? He believes that Hamlet is dangerous
What, according to Hamlet, is “the purpose of playing,” or acting? to represent reality
What is Hamlet hoping will happen when the king sees the play? He is hoping that the King will get nervous or uneasy, revealing that he really did murder King Hamlet
What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do during the play? He asks Horatio to watch Claudius to see if he acts guilty.
What does Hamlet caution himself against doing before going to his mother’s chamber? he cautions himself against hurting his mother
What is Hamlet’s mood just before going to his mother’s chamber? Now that he knows the truth about Claudius, he is ready to be cruel to his mother
What is Claudius attempting to do when Hamlet discovers him, alone and unguarded? Why doesn’t Hamlet kill Claudius at this point? Claudius is attempting to pray. Hamlet doesn’t kill him then, because he believes that if he killed him during prayer, he would go to heaven, and he doesn’t want that
Claudius says “My offense is rank, it smalls to heaven”
Hamlet says “Now he is praying, and now I’ll do it.”

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