William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Essay
In act three, scene four; Polonius hides himself in Gertrude’s bedroom behind a tapestry. Polonius tells Gertrude to tell Hamlet nearly everything and be forthright with him. Hamlet comes into the room and …show more content…
There is some indication now of Gertrude’s involvement in the murder of King Hamlet. The audience has to assume that she is partly innocent; this is because Hamlet says “a blood deed! Almost as bad, good mother. As kill a king and marry his brother.” She responds in surprise “as kill a king?” and then asks Hamlet why he is being cruel to her. This gives the audience an impression that Gertrude is unintelligent and that she just needs the security of love and stability.
Shakespeare makes the closet scene (act 3, scene 4) more dramatic by including the appearance of the ghost and the fact that Gertrude cannot see it. The appearance of the ghost results in different reactions between Hamlet and Gertrude. The part that is interesting is that Gertrude cannot see the ghost although that she is sinful and she feels convinced that Hamlet is mad. Hamlet gets confused at why Gertrude cannot see or hear the ghost. Shakespeare makes the audience interested by making the ghost appear at that point. The death of Polonius is also an attempt by Shakespeare to enhance the plot.
Act three opens with a remark by the king, Claudius, who instructs Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, old school-friends of his nephew,