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How do Claudius and Gertrude react to Polonius's theory regarding Hamlet and Ophelia?

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Polonius appears convinced that Hamlet is mad, driven insane by his love for Ophelia. His general behavior around the court and his treatment of Ophelia appear to suggest so. But Claudius is far from convinced. He senses that Hamlet is feigning madness for some ulterior motive. But in any case, if Hamlet really is mad, Claudius wants to make sure what the cause of it is. He knows that Hamlet resents him for marrying his mother, but if he's mad because of...

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