Hamlet Act IV, Scene iv Summary
- Hamlet is on his way to England. More specifically, he's on the Danish coast near the Danish castle.
- And what does he see but the armies of Prince Fortinbras of Norway, who it seems has decided to wage war with Poland instead of with Denmark.
- What's the cause? It's a huge conflict being waged over a tiny, unimportant piece of territory.
- Hamlet thinks this is a little petty, but he concludes that, if Fortinbras can lead 20,000 men to their death over a little patch of land, then he should be able to rain vengeance upon the man who has killed his father and "stained" his mother.
- He swears to follow Fortinbras's example, stop delaying and finally carry out his revenge.
- Suuuuuuuure he will.