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Act Ii Scene I Of William Shakespeare´S Hamlet

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Act II scene i of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is a scene in which a lot is revealed. In this scene Polonius sends his servant, Reynaldo, to France to see Laertes and also to spy on him. As Reynaldo is on his way out, Ophelia comes into the scene and she is very distraught. She explains to Polonius that Hamlet had confronted her in a very unkempt state. Hamlet had grabbed her wrist and held her there for a few moments and then sighed. In this entire encounter Hamlet did not speak. Polonius is convinced that Hamlet is madly in love with Ophelia and that in addition to Polonius forcing Ophelia to distance herself from Hamlet is that is the reason for this encounter. The scene ends with ...view middle of the document...

Since the incident obviously frightened Ophelia it is evident that it was all part of Hamlet’s plot to use Ophelia to convince her father that Hamlet was going mad and that he was still in love with Ophelia.
The purpose of this scene is to show that Polonius is sending Reynaldo to France as a spy on Laertes and also to show to the audience that no one other than Hamlet, Marcellus and Horatio, no one knows of Hamlet’s plan to pretend to be mad. This scene shows that Hamlet has Polonius and Ophelia fooled into thinking he is actually gone mad. This scene also helps develop the theme of madness. Madness is evident in Hamlet from the very beginning when there is talk of seeing a ghost, but in this theme, with Hamlet pretending to go mad it shows how going mad affects the people around him in the play. An explicit message from this scene is that Polonius and Ophelia are convinced Hamlet is going mad and Polonius is going to tell Claudius, but an implicit one would be that Hamlet may actually be going mad. This is evident because Hamlet is convinced that his dead father is talking to him from beyond to grave and telling him how he was murdered, but maybe Hamlet is just looking for justification for his father’s untimely death and his mother’s new marriage. This scene made me sympathize more with Hamlet than anything else. In this scene,...

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