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How does Hamlet feel about Queen Gertrude and King Claudius by the end of Act III?

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By the end of Act III, Hamlet has a renewed resolve to slaughter his uncle as revenge for murdering his father. Although he hesitates when he sees Claudius praying—as he does not want to send Claudius to heaven when his own father was sent to Purgatory with all his sins unabsolved—he acts quickly when he believes Claudius is eavesdropping on his conversation with Gertrude, his mother. Polonius, Claudius's adviser, is hiding in Gertrude's room, and when Gertrude gives voice to her fear of Hamlet, Polonius cries out. Hearing this, Hamlet asks,

How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead! (3.4.24)

Hamlet stabs the hidden Polonius, believing it to be his uncle, Claudius, and then he shows absolutely no remorse for the action once he discovers his mistake. Hamlet, at...

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