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HAMLET ACT II
Transcript of HAMLET ACT II
Act II Scene II
Act II Scene I
Dante, Alex, Ayla, Ceara & Renne
In the beginning of the act who does Polonious send to spy on Laertes? Why?
Polonius sent Reynaldo to spy on his son because he doesn't trust his child
It seemed to be a thing that most fathers have done because Hamlet's father, Claudius had also been spying on him
What is Polonius' excuse for Hamlet's behaviour and why does he think this?
Hamlet is mad due to being rejected by Ophelia
Polonius read the letters that Hamlet wrote for Ophelia:
“Doubt thou the stars are fire...”.
Hamlet loves Ophelia and he does not want her to assume otherwise
Why is Denmark a prison to Hamlet? What is really stopping him from simply leaving Elsinore?
Hamlet feels that he is in prison because he feels suffocated, helpless and guilty for putting off the vengeance of his father and is unable to leave of this.
"This most excellent canopy...why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors."
Who said it and to what is the significance?
Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
The beautiful "canopy "is the sky and air which is nothing more to him now than disease-filled
Significance: shows the way that Hamlet sees the world -completely corrupted since his father's death
symbolizes the moral corruption the state of Denmark is in as a result of the inhumane Claudius
Do you think that Hamlet has been procrastinating his revenge on his uncle or is he just being careful? Explain.
Hamlet has been procrastinating his revenge on his uncle
Has thought about how he is not the kind of person who would do something bad to someone else
"Haste me to know ’t, that I..."
Shows how he doesn't want to only trust the ghost and he needs more proof
Why does Hamlet tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern they are welcome [to Elsinore] three times in this act?
1st time, he welcomes them because it’s his friend
Other two times, he does it as an insult because he learns that they are spies
Define tragic hero.
Is Hamlet following the characterstics of a tragic hero?
NAME ROSENCRANTZ GUILDENSTERN CLAUDIUS HAMLET POLONIUS GERTRUDE OPHELIA
DETAILS Hamlet’s friend Hamlet’s friend King of The Queen’s Chief Councilor The Queen Daughter
from School from School Denmark son of the king of the councellor
STATUS Static Static Dynamic Dynamic Dynamic Static Static
TRAITS Intelligent Dramatic Faithful Obedient
Stubborn Extraordinary Friendly
SIGNIFICANCE Evidence of Hamlet’s Main Main Father figure Mother of Beloved by
social life Antagonist Protagonist to Ophelia Hamlet Hamlet
Aristotle: a tragic hero is someone who witnesses a tragic event and turns good to bad
Hamlet is a “good morale” character before seeing his father’s ghost.
After, he has the urge to kill his uncle, therefore making him a “Bad Morale” character
Hamlet fits the criteria for a tragic hero
Corruption is an incurable disease
Polonious Get Reynaldo to spy on his son
Makes it seem like he is looking out for his well being
Hamlet starts to see that his world is corrupt
Feels like the world is a prison
Hamlet is plotting revenge
Uses play to see how his uncle reacts
If he looks guilty, he will seek revenge
LACK OF TRUST
Second soliloquy: “O what a rogue and peasant slave am I...”
Hamlet ridicules himself because an actor had shown more passion about a fictional character than he had shown in avenging his father thus far
Sinks into despair as he's philosophical and morally indecisive
The absence of trust negatively impacts the family relationships.
Polonius sending Reynaldo to Paris
Deception destroys the relationship with others and it reveals a persons true nature.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern visiting Hamlet
Hamlet adding lines to the play
Polonius sends his servant Reynaldo
Ophelia goes to her father very upset and scared about Hamlet
Two months later
Hamlet's friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern agree to spy on Hamlet for Claudius and Gertrude
Polonius tells Claudius and Gertrude that Hamlet's rejected love for Ophelia has made him go mad
Hamlet meets with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but he soon realizes that they are spying on him
Actors come to visit the court
Hamlet's soliloquy: criticizes himself about not taking revenge right away for the murder of his father
He decides the play will reveal if Claudius is guilty or not