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Act 4a (Scene 6)

    Table of contents
    1. 1. Characters
    2. 2. Setting
    3. 3. Summary
    4. 4. Analysis

    Characters

    Horatio

    servant

    sailors (First Sail)

     

    Setting

    A room in the castle

     

    Summary

    Horatio enters with a servant. The servant tells Horatio that sailors have arrived with letters for him. Horatio predicts that these letters are from his friend Hamlet. The sailors enter and give Horatio the letters which are from Hamlet who was sailing to England. Hamlet says "Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked this, give these fellows some means to the King. They have letters for him."(Act IV sc. vi, 94) Hamlet also tells Horatio that pirates have attacked him but two days into the trip. The pirates stole his ship, and left him a lone prisoner. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are still traveling to England, but Hamlet is on his way back home. Horatio then leads the sailors to the King.

     

    Analysis

    Sailors bring letters from Hamlet to Horatio. The letter says that pirates attacked his ship two days into the trip to England. The pirates left him a prisoner, and stole his ship. Hamlet is on his way home, but his college friends are still traveling to England.

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