Forgot your password?  

Hamlet Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet Summary

This Study Guide consists of approximately 58 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Hamlet.
This section contains 860 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Hamlet Study Guide

Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet Summary

In another part of the castle, Hamlet speaks at length to the Players about how they should present their performance. When he hears that Claudius and Gertrude are coming to see the play, Hamlet hurries the actors out and then calls for Horatio, calling him a good friend and then revealing his plan to trap Claudius, through the performance, into revealing his guilt. He asks Horatio to watch Claudius closely and, as Claudius, Gertrude, and other members of the court (including Polonius and Ophelia) approach, Horatio agrees.

Claudius greets Hamlet warmly, but Hamlet speaks confusingly, joking with Polonius about Polonius having once played Julius Caesar and being "stabbed" by Brutus. Hamlet also refuses an invitation to sit next to Gertrude, choosing instead to lie at Ophelia's feet. The Players enter, and after a mimed prologue (which includes action of a King being poisoned...

(read more from the Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet Summary)

This section contains 860 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Hamlet Study Guide
Copyrights
Hamlet from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook