ELA B30: Hamlet Act IV-V

“It had been so with us, had we been there. His liberty is full of threats to all.” -Claudius to Gertrude-Claudius would have been killed instead of Polonius-Act IV Scene 1-page 209
“He’s loved of the distracted multitude.” -Claudius to Laertes-Claudius didn’t deal with Hamlet because he’s loved by the people of Denmark-Act IV, Scene 3-page 219
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalias!” -Claudius to Gertrude-when one bad thing happens, many more follow-Act IV, Scene 5-page 241
“I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum, What wilt thou do for her?” -Hamlet to Laertes-Hamlet loved Ophelia more than her brother ever could-Act V, Scene 1-page 293
“I can no more: the king, the king’s to blame.” -Laertes to Hamlet-Laertes blames Claudius for the whole plan of killing Hamlet-Act V, Scene 2-page 317
Iambic Pentameter -usually 10 lines that has an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
Prose -paragraph form-used: comedy of lowly grave diggers, insanity of characters, letters
Poison Theme -Claudius poisons brother-almost everyone who dies in the play is killed by poison-Poison cup: Claudius, Gertrude,-Poison sword: Hamlet, Laertes, Claudius -Poison of Deep Grief: Ophelia
Three stories in Hamlet 1-Ghost Story2-Detective Story3- Revenge Story
Ghost Story -climax: when Ghost tells Hamlet of his murder-resolution: when Hamlet resolves to revenge his father’s murder
Detective Story -Hamlet questions the truth of the ghost-battle of wits between Claudius and Hamlet-climax: at the play (Murder of Gonzago) -resolution: Claudius betrays himself and Hamlet knows what to do
Revenge Story -Hamlet loses initiative when he spares Claudius-Claudius uses Laertes to murder Hamlet-Hamlet is successful but the cost is his mothers death and his own
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Fear -fear: Bernardo as he stood guard on battlements of Elsinore-fear: as we anticipate the unknown
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Skepticism skepticism: Horatio’s disbelief in the reality of ghosts when he stood watch with the guardsskepticism: we display at times without proof
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Shock shock: Hamlet’s shock when he finds that his father was murderedshock: shocking news can often lead to procrastination
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Lose Faith in Humanity lose faith: Hamlet’s anger in finding out that his mother remarried so soon after his father’s deathlose faith: fail to understand how or why people act the way they do
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Immorality -Gertrude and Claudius remarrying
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Political Manoeuvering -allowing a murder to occur in Denmark
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Loyalty -Ophelia chose between her loyalty to her father and the man she loved
Hamlet Reflecting Real Life: Medalling in Other’s Business -Polonius’ medalling backfired and resulted in his death
Hamlet’s Reflecting Real Life: Manipulation -Claudius manipulating others for his benefit

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