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what is Claudius' attitude in act 4 scene 3

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rei1213 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM via web

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what is Claudius' attitude in act 4 scene 3

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act 4, Scene 3 Claudius is highly suspicious of Hamlet.  Consequently, Claudius has devised a plan in order to both find Polonius' body and secure his own safety from Hamlet as he fears what Hamlet may do to him.  He tells Hamlet that he will be sent to England, and sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with him to England with letters that he hopes England will obey by killing Hamlet.  This plan is quite conniving as Claudius has Hamlet thinking he is being protected after killing Polonius, but his escorts have orders to make sure he is killed.

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