Please help with homework Hamlet Act IV: Look closely at Claudius’ first lines after hearing the news

  1. Look closely at Claudius’ first lines after hearing the news about Polonius’ death from Gertrude: “It had been so with us, had we been there.” (line 14) What is he literally saying? (remember he talks in the royal “we”) What does his immediate reaction tell us about his character? (scene i).
  2. When talking to Claudius, does Gertrude follow Hamlet’s instructions to her from the end of the laste act? How? Use quotations from scene i.
  3. Who is Ophelia “blaming” for her troubles with her songs? What double entendres are contained within these songs?
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