Many of the characters are acting, or pretending, in this act. who is acting and in what ways? for act 2.i know that hamlet is acting and pretending, but it's hard to tell which characters are...

Many of the characters are acting, or pretending, in this act. who is acting and in what ways? for act 2.

i know that hamlet is acting and pretending, but it's hard to tell which characters are acting and pretending. but i dont' know how to tell by reading the booklet.

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There are many examples of characters who are being less than honest in their behavior and therefore could be considered to be pretending or acting. There is a brief, chronological list of examples:

1.The act opens with Polonius telling Reynaldo to pretend to not know much about Laertes and to ask questions about him in the hopes that people will reveal the truth of Laertes behavior.

2.  Next, Ophelia reports to her father about Hamlet's very strange behavior, but we know that Hamlet is merely pretending to act mad as a means to keep Claudius guessing as what is really bothering him.

3. In Scene 2, Claudius and Gertrude pretend that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are very close friends to Hamlet so that they can ask them to kind of spy on Hamlet and try to figure out the cause of their "much too changed son" and his strange behavior of late.

4.  Polonius puts on the showy act of being an expert on all things and claims that he knows the cause of Hamlet's lunacy to be the lost love of Ophelia -- a claim that we know isn't true.

5. Hamlet continues his crazy act in front of the court and pretends not to recognize Polonius and to not make sense in front of all those assembled.

6.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern pretend to be at Elsinore to visit Hamlet, when actually they were only sent for by the King and Queen. They lie to Hamlet directly when he asks them for the truth.

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