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Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Act II, scene ii (summary)
Act II, scene ii (summary)
1. What is ironic about Polonius attempt to learn about Laertes life
1. What is ironic about Polonius attempt to learn about Laertes life
2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet
2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet
3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelias closet promises to
3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelias closet promises to
4. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern willing spies for Claudius and
4. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern willing spies for Claudius and
Hamlets part of the dialogue relies on slang and puns
Hamlets part of the dialogue relies on slang and puns
6. What are some of the slang expressions and puns Hamlet uses in his
6. What are some of the slang expressions and puns Hamlet uses in his
He comments to himself and the audience that they are tedious old
He comments to himself and the audience that they are tedious old
8. Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hesitant to admit that they
8. Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hesitant to admit that they
9.How does Hamlets famous What a piece of work is a man
9.How does Hamlets famous What a piece of work is a man
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This is a puzzling scene in that it does not seem to do either
This is a puzzling scene in that it does not seem to do either
This monologue is written and told from the Trojan point of view
This monologue is written and told from the Trojan point of view

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1 Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Act II Discussion

2 Act II, scene ii (summary)

Act II, scene ii (summary)

Lines 1-39: Claudius sets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet. Lines 40-85: The ambassadors report on their successful mission to Norway. Lines 86 165: Polonius claims Hamlet loves Ophelia, and proposes to use her in a plot to spy on Hamlet. Lines 166 212: Hamlet insults Polonius. Lines 213 94: Hamlet discovers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are sent to spy on him. Lines 295-338: R. and G. report that the players are coming. Lines 339 489: Hamlet welcomes the players and listens to a speech. Lines 490 500: Hamlet asks the First Player to speak new lines at tomorrow nights performance. Lines 501 58: In soliloquy, Hamlet wonders at the contrast between the Players faked emotion for Hecuba and his own inability to revenge. He plans to use tomorrows play to find if Claudius really is a murderer.

3 1. What is ironic about Polonius attempt to learn about Laertes life

1. What is ironic about Polonius attempt to learn about Laertes life

in Paris?

If Reynaldo follows Polonius instructions, he will essentially ruin Laertes reputation while trying to gather information. Polonius doesnt trust his own son.

4 2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet

2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet

is mad for Ophelias love?

Ophelias description of Hamlet in unfastened and rumpled clothing is the Renaissaince convention of the man suffering from unrequited love. As Ophelia has broken off all contact with Hamletat Polonius commandhe readily interprets his appearance and actions, as described by Ophelia, to be signs of unrequited love.

5 3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelias closet promises to

3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelias closet promises to

contribute to the overall calamity of the tragic plot?

Ophelia has nowintentionally or unintentionallyallied herself with those who (at least in Hamlets mind) oppose Hamlet. If Hamlet does indeed love Ophelia, then her breaking up with him is just another betrayallike his mothers hasty marriage to his uncle and (perhaps) her role in his fathers murder. If he does not really love her, then he is using her to advance madness ruse. In either event, she is now involved in the intrigue and corruption of the court and will probably not escape being destroyed in the calamity. In either case, Hamlet is exploiting Ophelia as is Polonius. Subordination of women

6 4. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern willing spies for Claudius and

4. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern willing spies for Claudius and

Gertrude?

Probably not. Gertrude flatters them by telling them that Hamlet often speaks of them as his favorite childhood friends and still feels a good bit of affection for them. Claudius frames his request in terms of two friends finding out what is wrong with their third friend so that they can help his family find the remedy. Use deception and flattery Acting again Constantly reminded that Hamlet is a play.

7 Hamlets part of the dialogue relies on slang and puns

Hamlets part of the dialogue relies on slang and puns

Shakespeare wants to emphasize these and not allow the audience/reader to lose them in the metrical pattern of blank verse. Polonius prose responses also highlight his own foolishness and lack of wit. Also reflection of Hamlets disdain for Polonius

5. What effect is created by the scenes between Hamlet and Polonius being in prose?

8 6. What are some of the slang expressions and puns Hamlet uses in his

6. What are some of the slang expressions and puns Hamlet uses in his

first exchange with Polonius? Why are they significant?

First, Hamlet calls Polonius a fishmonger, literally a lower-class hawker (vendor of merchandise) of common fish from a wagon. Fishmonger has also been generally regarded to mean some form of pimp, given the fact that Polonius first ordered his daughter to sever her relationship with Hamlet and then later ran to the king excitedly to report that Hamlet was truly in love with her. He has already arranged to spy on his own daughter and Hamlet in order to maintain or increase his political influence with the king and queen. When Polonius asks Hamlet what he is reading, Hamlet replies, Words. When Polonius follows up with What is the matter? meaning what is the subject matter of the words Hamlet is reading, Hamlet responds to another understanding of the question (what is the problem): Between who? Later, Polonius says he will take his leave, and Hamlet responds there is nothing he would give more willingly; thus, Polonius does not need to take it since Hamlet will gladly give it. Polonius invitation to walk inside out of the air, is met with the retort that to walk out of the air is to walk into ones grave. Hamlet is a saucy fellow.

9 He comments to himself and the audience that they are tedious old

He comments to himself and the audience that they are tedious old

fools, suggesting that they are not as dear to him as Claudius and Gertrude had presumed and that he is already on to them.

7. What is Hamlets initial reaction to the appearance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

10 8. Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hesitant to admit that they

8. Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hesitant to admit that they

are in Elsinore because the king and queen sent for them?

On the one hand, to admit that they were sent for might be to admit that they are spies. However, since they probably do not know that they are spies and honestly believe that they are on an errand of mercy, to admit that they were sent for could hurt their friends feelings; they did not think to come on their own but came when they were summoned. Note that they confess to being summoned only when Hamlet demands that, if they love him, they will tell him.

11 9.How does Hamlets famous What a piece of work is a man

9.How does Hamlets famous What a piece of work is a man

passage depart from typical Renaissance humanism? .

The beginning of the passage reflects the popular Renaissance belief that humankind was at the top of the hierarchy of creation: the paragon of animals. But Hamlet ends, not celebrating humanitys godlike status, but lamenting the mortality of flesh; this quintessence of dust.

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Why does Shakespeare introduce a troupe of traveling players into the action of the play?

The players will be the vehicle by which Shakespeare can evaluate various characters reactions to events and characters in the play. Hamlet can assess his own inaction in terms of the actors pretended grief. Hamlet (and the audience) can assess Gertrudes lack of grief for her first husbands death with the actors pretended grief. Hamlet can also use the scene portraying his fathers murder to observe Claudius and Gertrudes reactions.

13 This is a puzzling scene in that it does not seem to do either

This is a puzzling scene in that it does not seem to do either

Shakespeare, the playwright, head of a troupe of players, and owner of a theater, seems to be criticizing a current fashion, using his play and his stage simply to advance his own thoughts about the acting/theater profession.

11. What does Hamlets expression of concern about the child actors used in the city contribute to the plot or to the development of his character?

14 This monologue is written and told from the Trojan point of view

This monologue is written and told from the Trojan point of view

Thus, the son of Achilles (a Greek hero and the son of a Greek hero) is portrayed as the heartless villain. Antithesis of conventional portrayal from Greek perspective

12. What is unusual about the players monologue about the Fall of Troy?

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