Act IV, Scene-III & IV Detailed Summary of Hamlet: a play by William Shakespeare


Elsinore. A room in the Castle. Here king is talking about the madness of Hamlet but he says that Hamlet cannot be punished for this act because:

"He's lov'd of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment, but their eyes;"

The king seems like making up his mind to Settle the matter of Hamlet for once and all:

"Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
Or not at all."

Hamlet is brought before the king and here Hamlet stresses upon the end of man and how he is eaten up by beings disliked by man:

"We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service- two dishes, but to one table. That's the end."

Near Elsinore: Enters Fortinbras with his army. He is the nephew of Norway. He has come for some support for conquering a piece of land which is with nothing. Hamlet happens to come across the captain in charge while Fortinbras is away. Then Hamlet delivers a long speech discussing the role of human strength and revenge as well as all the faculties of human thinking and wisdom.





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