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Hamlet

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Mad as the Sea and Wind

HAMLET-UNNXUK

Which of the following is not a possible implication of Gertrude’s report to Claudius that Hamlet is “Mad as the sea and wind, when both contend which is the mightier…”?

A

That Gertrude truly believes Hamlet to be mad, disbelieves his allegation of Claudius’s guilt, and wants Claudius to send him away immediately.

B

That Gertrude believes Hamlet to be mad--although she sees signs of clarity in him as well and wants Claudius to send him away while she processes her thoughts.

C

That Gertrude believes Hamlet’s allegation of Claudius’s wrongdoing and wishes to keep this knowledge from Claudius to protect Hamlet.

D

That Gertrude believes Hamlet’s allegation of Claudius’s wrongdoing, but also feels strongly connected to Claudius and is incredulous that he is capable of such villainy.

E

That Gertrude hasn’t decided yet what she believes, and wants to wait and see if Claudius exhibits any guilty behavior to corroborate Hamlet’s allegation.