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Act 4 (Scene 1)

    King Claudius is concerned for his wife Gertrude, who is very upset at for meeting with her son Hamlet. Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet murdered Polonius. Claudius is wondering how he will explain to his subjects. The King realizes he could have been killed if he was behind the curtains that Polonius was behind. Gertrude tells Claudius Hamlet is disposing of the body, so the King calls Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and explains to them what has happened. Claudius then tells them to go to Hamlet and act like nothing has happened and in the process find out where Polonius’s body was hidden.




    It seems possible that Hamlet's slaying of Polonius has worked to his advantage.  Gertrude honestly believes her son is crazy.  

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