act 3 scene 4

explain the ambiguity and wordplay hamlet and his mother exchange at the begininning of this scene

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Hamlet’s conduct with his mother is also probably repulsive to most readers. Their encounter in scene four is full of even more ripe and fetid language of corrupt sexuality. They spar with words that have double meanings filled with veiled accusations,

   Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.

  Mother, you have my father much offended.

  Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.

  Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue.

  Why, how now, Hamlet!