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To what extent is Act 3 Scene 2 pivotal to Hamlet?

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"To what extent is Act 3 Scene 2 pivotal to Hamlet?" In this essay I will discuss to what extent is act 3 scenes 2 pivotal to "Hamlet". First I will give a brief introduction to the play up to act 3 scenes 2. In Act 1 Hamlet is mourning from the death of his father King Hamlet who died two months ago and is angry that his mother Gertrude has already remarried his uncle Claudius the present King so soon after his father's death. Hamlet then sees his father in the form of a ghost. The ghost of King Hamlet tells him that he was poisoned by King Claudius, the current ruler of Denmark. The ghost tells Hamlet to avenge his death but not to punish Queen Gertrude for remarrying; it is not Hamlet's place and her conscience and heaven will judge her. Hamlet swears to avenge his father's death. In Act 2 Hamlet considers how to kill Claudius, he tricks everyone into thinking he is mad so no one shall suspect anything from him in the future. ...read more.

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do't - and so a goes to heaven," (Act III Scenes iii, lines 73-74), Yet he doesn't kill Claudius as he will be free from sin as his is cleansing his soul and so go to heaven. "Now I might do it pat......so goes to heaven.....a villain kills my father, and for that, I his sole son do this same villain send to heaven."(Act III Scenes iii, lines 73-78). He believes he will get revenge but in the process make Claudius go to heaven. Hamlet decides not to kill him now and leaves. This is very pivotal as Claudius then goes on to say "My words fly up....words without thoughts...to heaven go" (Act III Scenes iii, lines 97-98), this means that Claudius has not repents properly and so Hamlet could have killed him. This also shows that Hamlet's uncertainty is his demise. Another point which makes this scene so pivotal is that Hamlet for the first time is sure of anything. ...read more.

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This treatment of Ophelia, by Hamlet could be one of the reasons for her to commit suicide. Because in Act III scene IV Hamlet murders Polonius (her Father) mistaking him for Claudius and this could also be the reason for her to go mental and then commit suicide. The relationship between the two characters may be seen to be pivotal to the play, and so adding to the point of Act III scene ii is pivotal to "Hamlet". I conclude with that, Act III scene ii is very pivotal to "Hamlet". For this is the point when Hamlet is sure that Claudius killed his father and can avenge his fathers death and put everything back to the way he thinks it should be. It is also when Hamlet makes his first decisive action without being unsure and contemplating with him self, It may also be the scene where Hamlets love Ophelia goes mad and so commits suicide. Finally this scene may be the catalyst for deaths to come. I believe this scene sets of a chain reaction in which eventually kills of the Danish royal family. SAMI NAQVI ...read more.

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