Discussion questions – Hamlet Act 4, Scene 5: Describe the mental state of Ophelia

1. Describe the mental state of Ophelia at the beginning of this scene.
2. Describe Laertes reaction to his father’s death and his sister’s madness. How does this reaction differ from Hamlet’s reaction to his father’s death?
3. Why is Claudius not afraid when Laertes attacks him and demands to know the whereabouts of his father?
4. Claudius once again proves himself to be a wise ruler. What does he promise Laertes to calm him down?
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