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Claudius arises during the scene of the poisoning which to Hamlet proves his guilt.
Hamlet learns of this deceit while he is still melancholy and in mourning over his father s death.
Hamlet, a normally indecisive character, sounds most definite in avenging his father s death when he says, Haste me to know t, that I with wings as swift/ As meditation or the thoughts of love/ May sweep to my revenge (I,iv,29-31).
Sensing Hamlet's unease and hearing complaints of Hamlet's erratic behavior towards Ophelia, King Claudius and his new wife Gertrude solicit help from two of his friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to get to the bottom of his strange behavior.
Hamlet senses his friends have been sent as spies and is resentful.
The plays the thing/ Wherein I ll catch the conscience of the king (III,i,579-80).
Thus, Hamlet is serious about avenging his fathers death, however, he is still indecisive about following through with it.
This match occurs prematurely and without the poison though, at Ophelia's funeral when Hamlet proclaims his love and fights Laertes by her graveside.
The duel is broken up for sake of the later battle.
Hearing that Hamlet has arrived back in Denmark against his wishes, Claudius attempts to use Laertes as a means to his demise by arranging a fencing match where Laertes will use a poison tipped foil.
Should Hamlet win, Claudius is prepared with celebratory poisoned wine.