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Hamlet Act 3 Scene 2

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Transcript of Hamlet Act 3 Scene 2


Ciel Li & Frena Lai
Plot Summary
Hamlet instructs the players on how to perform.
Horatio enters and Hamlet reminds him of the ghost and secures his help in observing Claudius during the performance for signs of guilt.
The King, Queen, Polonius, Ophelia, and the rest of the court enter for the performance.
The players begin with the dumb show, which depicts a scene identical to the murder of King Hamlet.
The play begins. Hamlet tells the King and Queen that it is the depiction of a murder in Vienna and narrates as the players continue.
As the murder of the actor king in the garden is enacted, Claudius jumps up, stops the play, and runs out.
Hamlet makes comments to Ophelia for all to hear regarding his mother's hasty marriage.
Hamlet takes this action as proof of his guilt.
Rosencrantz, Guildenstern and Polonius arrive to inform him that his mother desires to speak with him.
Hamlet sends them to tell her that he is coming. He plans to give his mother a harsh talking to.
Soliloquy Analysis
What is Hamlet discussing in this speech?
Hamlet is discussing his plan regarding how he's going to talk to his mother
Hamlet will talk to his mother and hurt her verbally and mentally but won't hurt her
in the end, he still admits that his words won't reveal his inner and true thoughts when he says
"my tongue and soul be hypocrites"
(3.2. 381)
Purpose of the speech
The primary purpose of the speech is plot development but as well as character development and creation of suspense.
Advance the plot/plot development
focusing on the upcoming conversation between Hamlet and his mother and how he wants to play it out
Hamlet wants to treat her harshly, and to hurt her mentally but not physically
"I will speak daggers to her, but use none"
Hamlet's confidence is boosted since he the reaction he planned for from the king
since Hamlet is convinced of the King's guilt, he now wants to talk to his mother. His eagerness and readiness shows he is ready to carry out his revenge
Creation of
gives audience a bad idea of what's about to come
"'tis now a very witching time of night...contagion to this world"
Literary Devices
Contribution to major themes
"I will speak daggers to her but use none"
Hamlet declares to treat Gertrude harshly, however refrains from actually harming her.
The nighttime imagery in this soliloquy gives the audience a sense of darkness that is the nighttime and what goes on during it.
"withching time of night" "churchyards open"
The themes that are most prevalent in this soliloquy are
Appearance vs. Reality
Appearance vs. Reality:
"My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites"
Hamlet looks as though he is finally taking to action the task his father has put upon him. Hamlet is going to fulfill his task and now feels confident to do so.
What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do?
Why is the significance of the play The Murder of Gonzago in the play Hamlet?
As Hamlet goes to his mother at the end of this scene, what does he admonish himself to do?
A. as Shakespeare's advice to actors of his time, and of all time
Hamlet's advice to the players at the beginning of Act III, scene 2, can be seen
B. as the advice we use in directing today
C. as an excuse for the trap he is about to set
D. as a way to get them to speak the overwritten speach so that the KIng will understand his guilt
A. It tells the story of his father's death
B. It proves the guilt of Hamlet's uncle Claudius
C. It shows that Hamlet is indeed mad
D. It proves the innocence of Hamlet's uncle Claudius
When Hamlet renames the play The Murder of Gonzago, he calls it what?
A. Conscience Unveiled
B. The Mousetrap
C. The Murder of Gonzago
D. Claudius the King
A. hurt his mother physically
B. hurt his mother mentally
C. not to reveal his inner and true thoughts
D. honestly tell his mother his inner thoughts
Hamlet asks Horatio to observe Claudius during the performance for signs of guilt.
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