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Hiding, Spying, and Eavesdropping


Tracey Ragnanan

on 25 July 2014

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Transcript of Hiding, Spying, and Eavesdropping

Act II

Hamlet caused 7 deaths. 3 by his hands and 4 by association. Was his revenge necessary?
"How say you by that? Still harping on my daughter. Yet he knew me not at first; ‘a said I was a fishmonger. ‘A is far gone. And truly in my youth, U suffered much extremity for love, very near this.”
–Polonius II, ii, 186-189
• Polonius gives a guy named Reynaldo a bunch of money and tells him to take the cash to his son, Laertes, who we all remember is studying in France. But, Polonius says, be sure to spy on Laertes a bunch first.

• Reynaldo exits, and in comes Ophelia comes in, rather
Apparently, Hamlet burst into her room while she was
"sewing in her closet."
She says Hamlet looked terrible.

• Historical Context Lesson: When Ophelia describes Hamlet coming in with his shirt hanging open and his stockings bunched up at his ankles, this would be the classic
"sad and anguished lover"
look. Some thought that love really could make a man sick and mentally unstable.

• Apparently, Hamlet grabbed Ophelia by the wrist and sighed for about five minutes. Ophelia and her father are convinced this is exasperation stems from being frustrated in love
(remember, Polonius made Ophelia break up with Hamlet).

• After Ophelia assures her father that she didn't sleep with the Prince, Polonius decides the most discreet and tactful thing to do would be to tell the King all about it.

Act II, Scene 1
Hamlet is faced with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, evidence that any other character in a play would believe.

Hamlet becomes obsessed with proving his uncle’s guilt before trying to act. The passion of proving Claudius’s guilt turns hamlet mad. His already fragile sanity shatters at the sight of his dead father’s ghost.

He is really confused and cannot think straight.

Hamlet’s conversation with Polonius, in which we see Hamlet consciously feigning madness for the first time.

Hamlet’s reunion with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern makes him question everybody.

By the end of the scene Hamlet has turned completely mad and lost all faith in everybody.
Ophleia who is madly in love with hamlet is now acting upon Hamlet’s strange behavior towards her.
She has conversation with Polonius in which polonius questions their love and then polonius makes a plan in order to test their love.
This is a learning step on how we understand poloniuns character grow.
He is smart man with many devious plans to figure out what is going on with hamlet. We see a side of his fatherly love towards Ophelia.
He is a caring father who doesn’t want any harm to his daughter.
Hamlet’s crazy behaviour is no news to Claudius. In hopes of finding out what's going on with Hamlet, Claudius and Gertrude have invited two of Hamlet's school friends to Denmark.

Polonius informs Claudius and Gertrude that Hamlet has been driven mad by love for Ophelia.

They decide to spy on their children.

Hamlet declares to Guildenstern that his "uncle-father and aunt-mother" are deceived.

One thing that's holding him back is the fear that the ghost was lying—since, sometimes the devil takes a pleasing shape to ease a worried mind.

Hamlet decides to stage a version of his father's death in front of Claudius so he can watch Claudius's reaction.

If Claudius flips out, Hamlet can rest assured that he's guilty.

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