Marcellus (who like everybody else surelysuspects Claudius of foul play) says, "Something is rottenin the state of Denmark" (usually misquoted and misattributed toHamlet himself.) Horatio says God will take care of Hamlet ("Heaven will direct it").
Similar to the longer investigative pieces found in news magazines such as Time or Newsweek, you should examine the question of whether something really is “rotten” in the state of Denmark and, if so, what?
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Horatio: He waxes desperate with imagination.
Marcellus: Let’s follow. ‘Tis not fit thus to obey him.
Horatio: Have after. To what issue will this come?
Marcellus: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Horatio: Heaven will direct it.
Marcellus: Nay, let’s follow him. [Exeunt.]
Hamlet Act 1, scene 4, 87–91