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Hamlet Question Essay

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ACT I 1) Hamlet is upset about his mother's recent marriage, so soon after his father's death. His mother 's new marriage is low class. Hamlet wants to go back to school in Wittenburg, but his mother wants him to stay Hamlet does not seem to like his stepfather that much. Claudius wants him to stay to please his new wife, and because if they start to look like a family then it is good for his image Horatio is going to tell Hamlet about the ghost. Hamlet is humble and friendly like Horatio (Horatio says "my lord, and your poor servant". Hamlet says "Sir, my good friend, I'll change that name with you". Indicates that Hamlet is calling Horatio his friend, and saying that he'll be his servant. Shows that Hamlet respects servant. Hamlet says to Horatio "I know you are no truant" (shows that Horatio is responsible, trustworthy, reliable, etc.) "I am too much in the sun" pun: he is happy, and perhaps he is upset because now he has to be a 'son' to a new father.2) Hamlet and Ophilia are married. Laertes is warning his sister Ophelia to beware of Hamlet, "Fear it, Ophelia, fear it, my dear sister". He thinks that because Hamlet is a prince that he will hurt Ophelia, doesn't truly love her, or if he does love her, will not love her always. Polonius then orders Ophelia to end her relationship with Hamlet 3) We find out that Claudius killed King Hamlet (we thought that he died form snakebite in the orchard). We find out that Claudius seduced Hamlet's wife before he murdered him. Claudius poured poison (hebenon) into King Hamlet's ear, so blood went thick; he broke out into scales on his skin, this poison works quickly The Ghost's speech says two important things to Hamlet: 1) Claudius must die 2) Don't harm your mother (her guilt will be punishment enough) Hamlet talks about tablets, and uses the simile that he'll erase his memory like he'd erase a slate. He's going to go forward and focus on the revenge. Horatio and Marcellus want to know what happened, but Hamlet doesn't want it to be revealed. He makes them swear that they'll never tell anyone about the ghost (the ghost says "Swear" as well. The actors (Horatio and Marcellus) could or could not hear the ghost- up to the director ACT II 1) Polonius, in private, sends his servant Reynaldo to spy on Laertes. Polonius likes to spy. Ophelia is frightened by Hamlet. He comes in her private room with half his clothes on, his knees are shaking, he grabs her hand but doesn't say anything, and it could be an act because he knows that she'll tell Polonius, and he'll tell the king. Polonius tells the king that he told Ophelia not to bother with Hamlet, because Hamlet's too good for her (he actually said the opposite thing to Ophelia). Polonius is so convinced that his daughter caused Hamlet's madness that he said they could behead him if it's not true. He speaks of his...

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