Hamlet

Hamlet Act 4, scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Summary
Analysis
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find Hamlet. They ask where Polonius's body is. Hamlet responds in riddles and insults—he calls Rosencrantz a "sponge" soaking up the king's favor. Hamlet agrees to see Claudius, but then dashes off.
By calling R a "sponge," Hamlet implies that through their foolishness R & G have been taken over by Claudius. They have lost their inner reality.
Themes
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Poison, Corruption, Death Theme Icon