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Which of the following statements best captures Hamlet’s state of mind at the beginning of Act IV?


Hamlet is a sane and rational being who considers his actions thoughtfully and therefore behaves purposefully, despite his rash murder of Polonius.


Although Hamlet feigns madness with Claudius and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, his murder of Polonius demonstrates that his judgment is not completely sound.


Hamlet is completely mad, as evidenced by his eccentric remarks to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Claudius and his murder of Polonius.


Although Hamlet’s murder of Polonius is violent, his actions are more products of his unswerving commitment to his father than they are signs of instability.


Hamlet is neither sane nor mad, but manifests a constantly shifting response to trying circumstances.

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