In act 1 scene 2 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, what do King Claudius and Queen Gertrude try to persuade Hamlet to do?act 1 scene2

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In the second scene of the play, Claudius announces that despite the grief of losing his brother, he has decided to marry his brother's wife, Gertrude.  Claudius and his bride urge Hamlet to stop being so sad and end his mourning for it is "A fault against the dead, a fault to nature."  Claudius tells Hamlet that by lamenting the dead, he is committing a sin against the dead.

Gertrude also tell Hamlet to "stay with us, go not to Wittenberg."  She and Claudius do not want Hamlet to return to Wittenberg, his school in Germany.  Instead they want him to be happy with their new changes and their family and stay with them as the create a new life. It seems already that Claudius wants to keep Hamlet close by so that he can keep an eye on him.

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