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In Act IV, scene vii, when Claudius changes the sincerety of Laertes' grief, where...
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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)
Posted by malibrarian on November 10, 2007 at 10:06 AM (Answer #2)
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