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In "Hamlet", for act three scene four why is that scene so important that it...

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angelklani224 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 24, 2007 at 7:17 PM via web

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In "Hamlet", for act three scene four why is that scene so important that it takes place in  the queens bedchamber?

In my school we are reading "Hamlet" and i still don't get what the purpose for the scene was, because my teacher says its important but i don't understand the ghost, location, ect.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 24, 2007 at 8:12 PM (Answer #1)

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One of Hamlet's problems that he wrestles with throughout the play is his feelings about his mother's marriage to Claudius.  Why is he so against that relationship?  Is it because Claudius is his father's brother and some in that society looked upon the marriage as, technically, incestuous?  Is it because the marriage came so quickly after King Hamlet's death? Is it because Hamlet is perhaps slightly jealous that another man is sharing his mother's bed?  Many people question Hamlet's feelings about his mother and suggest that he looks upon his mother is a somewhat sexual way.  All of what I've just written helps to explain why. probably, that scene takes place in Gertrude's chamber.  That setting helps to bring out the relationship question and put it in the spotlight.  Also, Hamlet's father's ghost reappears here and reminds Hamlet that Claudius is the object of his revenge, not his mother.  Finally, Hamlet gets Gertrude to agree to go along with him in trying to draw out Claudius.  In summation, this setting emphasizes the mother-son bond that exists, for whatever reason, between Gertrude and Hamlet.

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