Hamlet 4:2

Act IV, Scene 2: “Another Room in the Castle”

Summary: Hamlet comes before the King, acting loony. He still won’t tell where he buried Polonius. The King tells him they’re sending him to England immediately, and Hamlet says, “Okay, sure,” and goes off to pack. The King plans to have Hamlet killed in England (I think) to try to cure all the bad feelings and unhappiness he’s had since killing the former king.

Reaction: I didn’t expect this scene to go this way–I kind of thought Hamlet would put up more of a fight. He’s acting more like a clown than someone bent on revenge. The King, at least seems to be showing his evil side again, which I like. No weenie villains around here.

Prediction: Maybe like in The Lion King Hamlet (Simba) will run out of town for a while and then come back sort of  triumphantly (because this won’t end like The Lion King). Maybe he needs the ghost to come back and set him straight and knock the crazies out of him so he can focus on revenge.

Why This Book Is a Classic: Philosophical musings about death and how we’re all just worm food: “Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table: that’s the end.”

Why a Modern Audience Might Like It: Hamlet mocks the king openly, and we all love seeing displays of brazen disrespect for authority (even if we’re too scared to every try it ourselves).


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