In Hamlet, the closet scene marks a turning point in Hamlet's mind-set.  Discuss.

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The closet scene is the first time that Hamlet directly confronts anyone about his angst, AND, he remarkably acts on his mission of revenge.  Unfortunately, the results aren't good; however, his actions do actually push him forward a bit.  Before this point, Hamlet was seething in rage against his mother's actions, but never actually spoke to her about it.  Instead, he moped and whined, and vicariously ranted to Ophelia.  Also, even though Hamlet is asked to enact revenge on Claudius at the beginning of the play, he doesn't.  He goes back and forth, over-analyzes it, and even chickens out when he has a perfect chance to kill.  The closet scene shows Hamlet actually making a move!  It was Polonius, not Claudius, but at least Hamlet was turning a corner and acting instead of thinking about acting.

After the closet scene, we see Hamlet go into full action mode.  He ends up taking out his pals Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; while he is on the battlefield he resolves to action instead of words, and when he gets home, he is ready to go.  The closet scene was a catalyst for his readiness.  I hope that those thoughts helped; good luck!