Hamlet Act 4 Scene 7

Why does the King tell Laertes he will not kill Hamlet himself? Hamlet’s mother lives for Hamlet and the public loves him.
Explain Claudius and Laertes’ plan to kill Hamlet. How is Claudius taking advantage of Laertes? Claudius is using Laertes to kill Hamlet instead of making himself do it. They plan to have a duel where Laertes is going to dip his sword in oil that no man can be saved from if scratched with it. If that does not work, they plan to poison Hamlet’s drink. Claudius knows that Laertes will do anything to avenge his father’s death so Claudius uses this to his advantage.

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