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Hamlet Act 1 Questions

posted May 02, 2012 21:19:09 by jarnouldbutler804
Hamlet: act 1 Questions for study

scene 3:
17. Ophelia tells her brother Laertes not to tell her what to do to be good, and not to be with Hamlet, when Laertes does just what he is telling not to do

Scene 5:
23. The ghost tells Hamlet that he is the ghost of the king, his father, and that his death was a murder. He told that while he was sleeping in the orchard, his brother Claudious poured a leperous distilment in his ear.
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bbermiller488 said May 03, 2012 14:24:19
Hamlet: Act 1 Questions

1. This play takes place in Denmark. So far, we have stayed within the castle of Lord Hamlet and his uncle Claudious.

14. Hamlet's plan is to uncover the foul play which he suspects. He promises that "Foul deeds will rise, thought all the earth overwhelm them, to man's eyes."
mwaters807 said May 04, 2012 20:47:16


Scene 3, Question 15.
Laertes warns Ophelia to stay away from Hamlet, because he doesn’t actually love her and is a flirt, and will tarnish her reputation and honor. He states that he only wants to sleep with her, and then he would leave her. He doesn’t actually love her, but what she offers. “Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting. The perfume an suppliance of a minute, No more”. Laertes , Pg.23, Act One, Scene three.

Scene 4, Question 22.
At the end of scene four, Hamlet has taken off like a madman after the ghost of his dead father, much to the displeasure of Marcellus and Horatio. Marcellus fearing for Hamlet’s sanity, convinces Horatio for them to go after him, rather than leaving it to heaven to sort out. “Heaven will direct it.” Horatio, Pg.30, Act One, Scene Four. “Nay, lets follow him.” Marcellus, Pg.30, Act One, Scene Four.


Scene 1, Question 2.
Polonius sends Reynaldo on this journey to spy on his son, because he does not trust Laertes and wants to see what mischief or trouble he’s getting into. He basically states that he wants to know if his son is gambling, and just being wild in general. “But, if it be he I mean, he’s very wild”. Polonius, Pg.39, Act Two, Scene One.

Scene 2, Question 9.
Claudius has sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet. Hamlet has gone ‘mad’. And the kind wants to find out the reasons behind his madness. So he requires people Hamlet ‘trusts’, to find out what exactly is going on. “Something you have heard of Hamlet’s transformation- so I call it”. King, Pg. 43, Act Two, Scene Two.
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