Strange Fruit: Ophelia's SongHow does Ophelia's guilt and tension of her strange song infect the atmosphere of the court? 

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is obvious that everyone is uncomfortable...especially Claudius and Gertrude who may pick up on the sexual hints tossed toward Hamlet.  Laertes also is thrown for a loop here since he can't seem to wrap his brain around how a young woman so sane one day can seem so nutty the next.  He has lost so much--his father and now his sister, it makes sense why he decides to plot with Claudius to avenge his losses.