Hamlet
Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
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Hamlet Act IV, Scene i Summary

  • Gertrude tells Claudius that her son is insane and has murdered Polonius. (But, she doesn't tell him that Hamlet thinks he killed Old Hamlet. Why?)
  • Okay, definitely time to get rid of young Hamlet.
  • Gertrude points out that Hamlet is now inspired to cry a little, so maybe the murder of Polonius has done some good by getting Hamlet in touch with his feelings.
  • Claudius tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to try to clean up the mess. (They always get the worst jobs.)
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