Act IV, Scene-I&II Detailed Summary of Hamlet: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare



Enter King and Queen, with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The king is asking queen about the strange yet purposeful madness put on by Hamlet. She then discloses how mad Hamlet has gone. She conceals the true motives of Hamlet and relates the murder of Polonius with Hamlet's madness and an attempt of killing a rat. The king decides to send Hamlet away immediately.


Elsinore. A passage in the Castle. Here Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come to Hamlet and discuss the matter of Polonius' killing. They seem very upset over the matter but Hamlet calls them "spunge" and "knaves" of the king. He sends them away without paying any attention to them. The king summons for Hamlet. Once before the king, Hamlet gives deep philosophical speeches. The king decides to send him to England at once.





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