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In Act IV, scene vii, when Claudius changes the sincerety of Laertes' grief, where...

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xolilmanda7xo | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 16, 2007 at 10:36 AM via web

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In Act IV, scene vii, when Claudius changes the sincerety of Laertes' grief, where does Laertes say he would be willing to cut Hamlet's throat?

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 10, 2007 at 10:06 AM (Answer #2)

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Laertes says he would be willing to cut Hamlet's throat in the church.  This is a shocking thing to say - Bloodshed in a holy sanctuary was forbidden, and so we recognize the depth of grief Laertes has gone to over the deaths of his father and sister, which he blames on Hamlet.

Claudius:   "...what would you undertake, to show yourself your father's son in deed more than in words?

Laertes:    To cut his throat i' the church."  (Act IV, scene vii)

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