Hamlet Act III, Scene 3 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 3 Summary and Analysis

Claudius enters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; Claudius is convinced that Hamlet, in his “madness,” means to harm him in some way. He proposes to send Hamlet to England, along with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, for safety’s sake. They agree, noting that the fortunes of “Majesty” always affect the lives of many others besides itself. This voyage is to commence at once.

Polonius enters to inform Claudius that Hamlet is on his way to Gertrude’s private room; Polonius announces that he will hide “behind the arras,” in order to “o’erhear” their conversation. Polonius says he expects Gertrude to severely scold Hamlet, but notes that, as Hamlet’s mother, she will be...

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