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According to Rozencrantz and Gildenstern, how is Hamlet keeping them in the dark about his mental state?
They haven’t been able to figure out what is causing his mental demise, because he won’t tell them
As Polonius and the king prepare to carry out their plan to spy on Ophelia and Hamlet, Hamlet first enters alone and delivers, perhaps, the most famous line in literature.
Write the line: To be or not to be, that is the question. b. Explain Hamlet’s internal struggle, as revealed in this soliloquy:
He is contemplating committing suicide, due to his deep sadness.
How does Hamlet treat Ophelia, his former love? Summarize their exchange and Ophelia’s final assessment of Hamlet:
He treats Ophelia terribly, sarcastically telling her off, he says “Get thee to a nunnery,” basically saying to become a nun and control your lust. Hamlet leaves Ophelia in shambles.
How do Polonious and the king each feel about Hamlet’s mental state after hearing his rant at Ophelia? He thinks that he actually isn’t mad at all. He is rather tormented about underling issues.
What does Hamlet instruct Horatio to do and why?
He wants him to watch and see how Polonius reacts to the play. And report back to him.
The players begin a “dumbshow,” which is a brief, silent version of the play to come. What is the dumbshow about?
It shows a man being murdered by having poison dropped into his ear, the same way his father died.
As the play progresses, explain the interaction between Hamlet and Ophelia. What tone does he use with her? He uses and aggressive short tempered tone. He shows no love for her.
At one point in the play (line 220), Hamlet turns to his mother and asks how she likes it. Explain her response.
She gets angry and gives him a speech.
At what point does the king rise and call for an end to the play?
When the murderer poisons the king. In the same way and same conditions as he allegedly did.
We learn (predictably) that the king is very angry and that the queen wishes to speak with Hamlet alone in her chamber. How does he plan to treat his mother? He plans to be brutally honest, but not lose control of himself.
1.Convinced of Hamlet’s madness, what does the king plan to do with Hamlet?
He wants to have him escorted to England.
2. As Hamlet goes to his mother’s bedroom, who plans to spy on them?
3. In the king’s monologue at the end of this scene, what important confession does he make?
He confesses to the murder of his brother.
4. Explain the following lines:
... But, O, what form of prayer Can help me? Forgive me of my foul murder!
That can’t be it, since I still have All those things for which I did the murder, My crown, my own ambition, and my queen. May one be forgiven a sin and still hold on to its benefits? (53 - 59) he is praying and asking for forgiveness for the murder. He wants to know if forgiveness is possible.
Hamlet finally gets his chance for revenge. What reason does he give for waiting?
He doesn’t want to kill him while he is praying, because that would be a righteous death. And hamlet wants him to die without dignity. Such as when he’s drunk, angry, or lustful.
Explain how Polonius is killed.
he is hiding behind a curtain spying on hamlet and Gertrude when he calls out for help hamlet listens and stabs him through the curtain, not knowing it was Polonius.
Explain the following lines:
QUEEN: Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.
HAMLET: Mother, you have my father much offended
QUEEN: Come, come, you answer with an idle tongue.
HAMLET: Go, go, you question with a wicked tongue. (8 - 12)
3. What is the impact of Hamlet’s tone while speaking to his mother in this scene, both on his mother and on you, the reader?
He’s using irony explaining that what his mother was doing was evil. Marrying the murderer of her husband. It is very impactful and fascinating.
Explain what happens that finally convinces the queen that Hamlet is insane:
Hamlets fathers’ ghost appears to him and he has a conversation. His mother can’t see the ghost, however, and believes hamlet has gone completely mad.eeping them in the dark about his mental state?
Hamlets fathers’ ghost appears to him and he has a