Discuss Hamlet's visit to his mother in her room. Is he crazy? Gertrude seems to think so. Aside from his murder of Polonius, what else might lead her to believe this?

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While it is difficult to make definitive statements about Hamlet's state of mind in the scene, it does seem that he has begun to go insane. Killing Polonius is actually one of his more rational actions in this scene, as he believes that he is slaying Claudius. More troubling is Hamlet 's reaction to what he has done. After realizing that he has killed the rather innocuous Polonius, his only response is "Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell!" (3.4.30). This cold, seemingly uncaring response tells us much more about Hamlet than the murder...

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