Looking towards the beginning of the play, it is obvious that something is amiss in Denmark (this being the sudden death of King Hamlet and Claudius’ ascension to the throne). Even the sentry guards are affected as they voice their feelings about the situation at hand. Francisco's sorrowful declaration that he is "sick at heart" (1.1.9) acts together with Marcellus's state...
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