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kink | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2010 at 4:19 AM via web

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How does the interaction between Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern help to explain what's wrong with Hamlet?

Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Denmark?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 26, 2010 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are in Denmark, ostensibly to see Hamlet on a random visit, but in reality because they were summoned by Claudius to see if he could use them to get some better idea of what is up with Hamlet.

As they meet Hamlet, he questions them on why they are there, on whether they were sent for and also comments on his present situation giving the audience some insight.  He feels that Denmark is a prison, in fact the whole world is a prison because he is bound by his "bad dreams" and by his inability to reason.  He also feels he is "dreadfully attended" by people who all want to know what is wrong but won't accept the real answer.

He has "lost all [his] mirth" and so lost all his delight in companionship, etc., for he is concerned only with the weakness of his own humanity and inability to act.

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