|explain how the request of Claudius and Gertrude upon Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is similar to the mission given to Reyanaldo by Polonius in the last scene. what point is Shakespeare making to the audience here?
||in both scenes, the parent is getting someone to spy on their child; we see how this could be good or bad
|how has the problem with young fortinbras been solved? do you think Kind Claudius should give permission for young fortinbras to pass through denmark on his way to attack poland?
||he is going to attack poland instead of denmark; no
|early in the scene, polonius delivers this famous line “brevity is the soul of wit” whats ironic about this?
||he’s saying that being quick is how people are quick witted but nothing polonius does is quick
|polonius is so certain that he is correct about the source of Hamlets insanity that he points to his head and shoulders and says “take this from this, if this be otherwise” meaning he should be killed if he’s wrong. given that we know the truth about hamlet and given that this is a famous tragedy, what do you think is going to happen to polonius by the end of this play
||he is going to die
|what is polonius’ plan to find out if Hamlet is truly love crazed over ophelia
||he is going to spy on them and will hide behind the tapestry
|while talking to rosencrantz and guildenstern Hamlet says this famous line “for there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” what do you think of Hamlets philosophy here? is he right or wrong?
||some things are good and bad, it depends on how you look at it; he is right
|why is hamlets choice of hearing the speech about pyrrhus, priam, and hecuba and interesting choice
||it parallels what is happening with claudius and gertrude and hamlet; he wants to make claudius and everyone around him feel as awkward as possible
|whats the name of the play that Hamlet has requested the acting troupe to perform the following night? whats Hamlets plan to make the play even more closely parallel the murderous actions of his uncle
||the murder of gonzago; he’s changing the play to echo the exact events that happened to his father
|why does the actors crying bother hamlet?
||he has been told he can’t cry or be upset; but this actor can cry so easily
|in act 1, scene 5, hamlet said “it is an honest ghost” yet in this scene, he says “the spirit that I have seen may be the devil” what has evidently happened as Hamlet has thought about the strange events
||he is doubting himself