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Team Act 1 Summary

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Justine Brown

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Team Act 1 Summary By Justine, M'Lynn, Shicara, Hannah and Doulton Appearance vs Reality: Claudius
Claudius in act 1 scene 2 first starts out with a very sentimental tribute to his late, secretly poisoned his brother, whom was also the previous king and his brother. Claudius talks about how the entire kingdom (including the royals) will be united in sorrow for the loss of their beloved king. Thy statement showed reality: the truth. As his speech digresses he speaks “with one auspicious and a dropping eye” which refers to Gertrude, his wife the queen. The quote translated into understandable English terms is that Gertrude cries with one eye, for mourning the death of her husband, and the other eye laughing, which interprets her joy from her new marriage. This is reality; however, Hamlet Jr. thinks that it is too rapid for these two different emotions. Now that this is rambling on, it is time to get to the appearance scandals. There is one line that sticks out like a knife in a dead body. Here Claudius concludes about his dear brother “to our most valiant brother. So much for him”. This part of the speech clearly ends with a statement that indicates that he does not want to talk about his brother’s odd death and about his marriage to his sister in law. Not only does Claudius want people to think he was involved about the death, but he wants them to believe it was an accidental death and Demark must finish talking about it. Claudius shows that he is trying to cover his tracks of him killing his brother (revealed in later acts) and wants to be seen as the innocent brother whom became a righteous king…with his sister-in-law/wife at his side. All in all the appearance was of the king Claudius acting innocent while in reality he was individual behind the death of the beloved King Hamlet. Not only did Claudius murder the king, but he also had an affair with Gertrude and ended up marrying her after the funeral. Five Literary Devices
Act 1 scene 2 Hamlet
"Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables."
Sarcasm: Pointing out Hamlet’s fathers funeral was not even close to being over yet Hamlet’s mother and uncle get married.
Act 1 scene 1 Marcellus
“Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him”
Metaphor: Belief is used in a way that cannot happen; Marcellus is using belief as if they are hands taking hold of him.
Act 1 scene 1 Bernardo
“It was about to speak when the cock crew.”
Onomatopoeia: cock crew
Act 1 scene 4 Hamlet
“Mt fate cries out...”
Metaphor: fate cannot really cry out as it is just an event that happens but it is described here as if fate is a person or human being.
Act 1 scene 4 Hamlet
“And makes each petty artery in this body As hardy as the Nemean Lion’s nerve.- Still am I call’d.”
Simile/allusion: as Hamlet compares himself as Nemean lion’s nerve. Greek mythology, one of the 12 labors of Hercules was to fetch the Nemean lion’s skin.
Prominent Symbol In Act 1
The Ghost of Hamlets Father, Hamlet…
The ghost of Hamlets father plays as the catalyst for the self-destruction of the system in Hamlet. This ends up leading to many consequences, some direct, and some indirect.
• Hamlet ends up playing “insanity” as a ruse, but as a consequence, it is almost perceived as he has actually become somewhat “confused.”
• The affect on the plot consist of the whole story. If there was not a ghost, there would not have been a story!
• Hamlets ghostly encounter leads him to believe that his uncle is a killer, leading him to change some of his morals, so he may extract revenge / avenge his father.
• Hamlets pretending to be insane leads to people that are close to him being affected, such as…
o Horatio and Marcellus having to carry the heavy burden of having the knowledge of Hamlets encounter with the Ghost Dramatic Irony - Hamlet, Act I

The largest piece of irony I saw in act I was the introduction of Claudius; the New King of Denmark. He starts by saying how he is grieved by his dear brother's death, but yet is trying to obtain an equilibrium with the happiness of his betrothel to his brother's wife; the queen.
"Though yet of Hamlet our late brother's death
The memory be green." This portrays the idea of death, decay, rot with the thought of growing greenery, fullfillment of life and new beginnings. He also mentions of "Our sometime sister, now our queen," and a few other "disturbing" and uncomfortable subjects. This is quite ironic because how can one mix the feelings of death and sorrow with happiness and the idea of a royal wedding when so close in dates? Like Hamlet jokes about how they used the roast beef from the funeral as cold cuts at wedding.
Hamlet Development of Hamlets Character, and Someone Relative to it…
Hamlets Development…
In the beginning…
• Self kept, intelligent, SANE, individual
• Was in mourn for his father, but was mostly self contained
After the meeting…
• Was proposed an idea by the ghost of his father to avenge him, who did a many of things to his mind, including…
o Had began an act of being insane, which did not seem completely acted out
o Changed his ideas completely about people, such as
 Claudius, Due to his treachery
 Gertrude, For helping Claudius

Whom this affected…
Horatio is a self defined, very intelligent noble, whom is drawn into the encounter with the ghost, and with Hamlets confrontation with it, this caused Horatio to…
• Hold the burden of having knowledge to the meeting of the two (swears to hold it to himself)
• Being asked by Hamlet to not do anything of his insanity
Important Soliloquy
Hamlet: My father’s spirits in arms! All is not well;
I doubt some foul play: would the night were come!
Till then sit still, my soul. Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o’erwhelm them, to men’s eyes.

Which translates into....

My father’s ghost—armed! Something’s wrong.
I suspect some foul play. I wish the night were here already!
Until then, I have to remain calm. Bad deeds will be revealed,
no matter how people try to hide them. 5 vocabulary words with examples
Harbinger: anything that foreshadows a future event.
It seems as though the kitten’s collar was the harbinger of Mrs. Bertha’s death.
Dole: one's fate or destiny.
It was Mary’s dole to have a child for god had said so.
Obsequious: obedient; dutiful.
Bob was acting so strangely obsequious in the grocery store that his mother decided to buy him a bike.
Truepenny: a trusty, honest fellow.
Todd was known to be a truepenny for the villagers never suspected him for the murder of Sally Jones.
Gait: a manner of walking, stepping, or running.
Ever since the car accident, the little boy with the drum walked with an unusual gait.
One of the most important uses of descriptive imagery is found in act one, scene two. This particular image is spoken by our tragic hero, Hamlet, who happens to describe himself as well as a theme to the tragedy. Hamlet described “Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not of “seems”. ‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, Nor customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, modes, shapes of grief, that can denote me truly: these indeed seem, For they are actions that within passeth show; These, but the trappings and suits of woe”. What Hamlet is saying is that he is dressed all in black clothes, sighs a lot, has a sad expression all the time and that he is honest. The more important thing about this imagery is that he is telling that he looks depressed, because he is depressed. Thus a this theme appears. Here is were one finds the theme is that all is as it appears to be.
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