Plot: Act Three
Claudius loses patience
Hearing reports from Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and Polonius of Hamlet's behaviour, Claudius thinks he should send Hamlet away. Polonius convinces him to involve Gertrude to see if she can talk sense into her son.
The actors perform the old King's murder
Claudius stops the action just before the new king marries the old king's wife.
Hamlet braggs to Horatio that he has exposed Claudius as a murderer. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come to tell him that his mother is looking for him.
Claudius prays for forgiveness
As Claudius kneels in prayer, Hamlet lifts his dagger to avenge his father. He is stopped by the thought that Claudius will go to heaven. Unknown to Hamlet, Claudius is finding it impossible to pray.
Polonius spies on Hamlet and Gertrude
Hamlet tells his mother she has married a murderer. He hears a noise and kills the unseen intruder, Polonius. The ghost of his father appears to him again.
Claudius comforts Gertrude
Gertrude tells Claudius that Hamlet is mad. Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find Hamlet.
Hamlet refuses to reveal location of Polonius' body
He tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that they too willingly follow the King's orders.
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