These Q&A are from the eNotes pages on Quizzes. (some
have been edited here for space.)
What are Hamlet’s reasons for objecting to his mother’s
The marriage was too soon after his father’s death; he can’t see
how his mother could have so soon forgotten her love and devotion
to her husband.
What do Claudius and Gertrude conclude after hearing Hamlet's
letter to Ophelia?
Polonius orders Ophelia to shun Hamlet; the prince’s
appears to be mad. The Queen agrees. This is a shift from
Gertrude’s earlier assumption that “it is no other but the main,
His father’s death and our o’erhasty marriage.”
What is ironic about Hamlet’s failure to kill Claudius while the
King is kneeling in prayer?
Claudius kneels but is unable to pray. Had Hamlet killed him
then, as he first intended, Claudius’ soul would have been
What reasons does Claudius give Laertes for not taking action
against Hamlet, who, Claudius says, “Pursued [his] life”?
Claudius says that Hamlet’s mother loves him and . . .
that the cannot do anything which would hurt her. Secondly, he says
that public sentiment is solidly behind Hamlet.
Why does Hamlet forbid Horatio to drink the rest of the poisoned
He wants Horatio to tell his (Hamlet’s) story so that his name
will be cleared rather than “wounded.”