Please help with homework Hamlet Act III, 3.1: What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern reveal about Hamlet

  1. What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern reveal about Hamlet when they “report back” to the King and Queen at the start of scene 1? What previous speeches from the play does Guildenstern’s description (“crafty madness”) remind you of?
  2. What does the King’s short soliloquy (III.i.56-62) reveal about his character?
  3. What does the exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia say about Hamlet’s true feelings for her? Does it clarify or muddle what we already know? How?
  4. What does Hamlet say to Ophelia that echoes his “to be or not to be” soliloquy? his attitude toward the kingdom and his mother’s marriage? his attitude toward life in general? Consider the speech he gave to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in II.ii.316-332 (“…this quintessence of dust”).
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