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What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report to Claudius regarding their conversation with Hamlet?

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Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most important plays. It follows the story of a prince named Hamlet who is summoned home to Denmark in order to attend his father's funeral. While home, a ghost claiming to be his late father appears to Hamlet. The ghost claims that Hamlet's dad was murdered by his uncle, Claudius, who has assumed the throne after marrying Hamlet's mother.

The section of the text you're referring to takes place in act 3, scene 1. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are questioned by Claudius, the King, about the deteriorating mental state of Hamlet. However, they don't have much to say. They tell Claudius that they were unable to discover the root of Hamlet's issues. Guildenstern describes Hamlet's state as a "crafty madness".

The pair does tell Claudius that Hamlet is excited that a troupe of actors is coming to perform at the castle. Claudius is happy to hear that something has piqued Hamlet's interest. We get the sense that Claudius hopes this could be the beginning of the end of...

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