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In act 2, how does Hamlet feel about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Why?  

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It's important to note that at this point, Hamlet is feeling isolated and desperate for people whom he believes he can trust. He refers to Denmark as a "prison," indicating his sense of futility in changing the situation around him. He longs to know the truth about Claudius and is disgusted by his mother's behavior. Polonius reveals in this act that he has instructed Ophelia to reject Hamlet in every way, leaving Hamlet rather cut off from any sense of steadfast relationships.

When his old friends arrive, there is a sense that Hamlet is both happy to see them again and suspicious. He immediately begins questioning why they have arrived at precisely this moment, and they try to dodge his questions with half-answers such as "What should we say?" (II.ii.287). When Hamlet lays his cards on the table, telling them that he knows the king and queen have sent for them, they again dodge with "To what end?" (II.ii.292).

Hamlet's suspicions are confirmed. Hamlet also must be aware that if their king has...

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