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Act 4 (Scene 4)


    A plain in Denmark 

    Hamlet is standing on the rocks over looking the plain where the Norwegian arm is marching.


     A Captain




             Young Prince Fortinbras is traveling with his army through to prepare for his attack on Poland. While Fortinbras orders his captain to seek permission for the king to travel on his land, the captain encounters Hamlet, Guildenstern and Rosencrantz on their way to aboard a ship to England. The captain informs Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that the Norwegians are fighting the Poles over a patch of land that has no meaning. Hamlet is amazed by the fighting, and the risk being taken by the Norwegian army to fight for a worthless piece of land. Hamlet is disgusted with himself because he did not take revenge on King Claudius for the death of his father. Hamlet’s thoughts from here on out are going to be very violent, and if they are not, they are worthless.


    Prince Fortinbras asked Claudius for permission to pass through Denmark to fight over a piece of land, in Poland, that has no meaning. Fortinbras wanted to act immediately for revenge. Hamlet is the opposite of Fortinbras. He wants revenge, but he is not as adamant about it. He had the chance to kill Claudius, but he refrained. When Hamlet sees the large army waiting to attack, he feels that thousands of men are risking their lives for nothing. In contrast, he is risking his life for something of value. He realizes that he has not avenged his father’s death and thinks it is time to put his thoughts into action.


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