RE: Hamlet Questions Act 3 Scene 4: Why does Polonius hide behind the Queen’s curtain

  1. Why does Polonius hide behind the Queen’s curtain? Does she know that he is there?
  2. Why does Hamlet kill Polonius?
  3. Whose portraits does Hamlet show Gertrude?  Why?
  4. When the Ghost reappears in Gertrude’s room, how does she react?  What does the Ghost tell Hamlet?
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3. Quickly forgetting about Claudius, Hamlet seats his mother down and presents her with two portraits, one of her first husband and the other of Claudius. He describes the two as opposites, the one all nobility and virtue, the other all deformity and vice. Gertrude is deeply affected by this comparison and seems to comprehend the enormity of her sin.

Answered on 21.06.2017.
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