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The marriage of the king and queen within two months of the death of Hamlets father had left Hamlet disillusioned confused and suspicious of Claudius the King of Denmark In Act I Scene V Hamlets belief in his fathers real ghost had him in an outrage and he thus vows to avenge his fathers death Ophelia encountered Hamlet in her private chambers and observed that he was disturbed She was very disturbed and afraid because Lord Hamlet with his doublet all unbracd no hat upon his head his stockings fould ungartred and down-gyved to his ankle pale as his shirt his knees knocking each other 1409 Hamlet truly loves Ophelia but at that particular moment he did not want to express his feelings to her Ophelia tells her dad Polonius about her meeting with Hamlet and Polonius concludes that Hamlet is nothing but a love struck fool who has gone mad Polonius wanted to assure the king and queen that he knows the very cause of Hamlets lunacy 1411 The king and queen were skeptical to believe Polonius story of Hamlets lust and lunacy for Ophelia Polonius effort to damage Hamlets reputation will not end there Polonius approached the king and queen with a letter that can prove his theory of Hamlets madness Polonius said therefore since brevity is the soul of wit and tediousness the limbs and outward flourishes I will be brief your noble son is mad 1412 Even though the king heard Hamlets letter cited by Polonius he conspired to find a solution for Hamlets madness in his own fashion The king had Guilderstern and Rosencrantz act as spies so that they could either find or gain information toward Hamlets madness After Hamlets request to the players to act out the Murder of Gonzago Claudius was beginning to feel the wrath of his offense Claudius said O my offence is rank it smells to
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