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In Act 3, Gertrude begs Hamlet not to speak any further to her. Quote the words that indicate the effect his “daggers” have had on her.

The quote that best indicates the effect that Hamlet's long tirade, or "daggers" have had on Gertrude is as follows:

O Hamlet, speak no more!
Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul.
And there I see such black and grained spots.
As will not leave their tinct.

This proclamation of shame and misery indicates that Hamlet's words have had their desired effect, and that Gertrude feels incredibly guilty.

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After Hamlet kills Polonius in front of her, Gertrude is in an understandable state of distress. She is fearing for her own life as well. Gertrude is worried for her son's sanity and understands very little of what he is saying. However, when he begins comparing his late father with Claudius , likening his father to the gods while calling Claudius a "mildewed ear" that exists only to corrupt the...

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