How does Hamlet killing Polonius in act 3 scene 4 show "something rotten in the state of Denmark"? (act 1 scene 5)I need another connection to use for an essay based on the quote "There is...

How does Hamlet killing Polonius in act 3 scene 4 show "something rotten in the state of Denmark"? (act 1 scene 5)

I need another connection to use for an essay based on the quote "There is something rotten in the state of Denmark" and I have hit a road block. :s

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This famous quote from the Shakespeare play Hamlet is actually spoken by Marcellus in Act 1, scene 4. In Act 3, scene 4, however, this quote could quite easily explain Hamlet’s mental state. Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark, and it would appear as if his mind is spoiled by anger, hatred, self-doubt, and other emotions. When he suspects a rat hiding in his mother’s room, he clearly is not rational. Who kills a rat with a sword? Why would he not pull the curtain aside before taking action? If he thought it was Claudius, could anyone in his right mind have thought killing the king was a good idea? Furthermore, he sees and talks to a ghost that Gertrude cannot see or hear. Hamlet’s mental stability is rapidly slipping away.

Enotes has some good resources.

http://www.enotes.com/hamlet