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Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2
Transcript of Hamlet Act 2 Scene 2
King Claudius convinces Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to talk to Hamlet and figure out why he's acting melancholy. On the other hand, Hamlet sets up a play to make the King confess his crime.
Conflict- The main conflict is between Hamlet and Polonius. Hamlet is acting like he's insane, and Polonius is trying to find out the cause of his madness.
The theme in this scene deals with family relationships. Since the king sends someone to spy on Hamlet, it suggests that he doesn't trust him. Therefore the theme is sometimes there is lack of trust in families, and they won't always be completely honest with one another.
What are the character's chief motives? How do they character's speech and actions support his motives?
1.) King Claudius and Polonius are both trying to figure out what's wrong with Hamlet.
- They plan to spy on him while he talks to Ophelia to see how he acts around her.
Discuss any influences on the character.
2.) One past experience that has influenced the way Hamlet is behaving is the fact that his mother married his Uncle after his father died.
How does the character influence the action?
3.) Polonius influenced the king to spy on Hamlet by showing him love letters he had wrote to Ophleia.
How and why (or does) the character conflict with others?
4.) Polonius makes a conflict with Hamlet when he forbids his daughter from having any contact with him. He does this because he feels as though Hamlet is out of her league; since he's a prince.
How is the character responsible for what happens to him?
5.) Hamlet is responsible for what happens to him because he knows that the king and Polonius is spying on him, and he is in control of the way he acts around them to make them continue to think he is going insane.
What methods of characterization does the author use to develop character?
6.) Shakespeare uses attitude describe how Hamlet feels about King Claudius marrying his mother.
- He also uses dialogue to establish the way Hamlet talks. Such as his sarcastic remarks, and the tone of which he speaks.
"Brevity is the soul of wit" (line 96)
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't" (lines 219-220) -Polonius
"There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so" (lines 264-265)