Hamlet Act 2

Polonius’ servant Reynaldo
How does Polonius want Reynaldo to snoop on Laertes? He wants him to ask around and find out what other Danish men are in Paris, then ask if they know him. He should then suggest that Laertes is up to wild, partying ways, but nothing that would shame him (drinking, gambling, visiting brothels..) “taints of liberty””your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth””with windlasses (indirect course in hunting) and with assays of bias (path ball takes in game of bowls) by indirections find directions out”
How did Ophelia describe Hamlet when he came to her? doublet unbraced, no hat upon his head, his stockings fouled and ungartered, down-gyved to his ankle (gyve=chain), pae as his shirt, his knees knocking each other, and with a look so piteous in purport as if he had been loosed out of hell to speak of horrors
How did he act? He grabbed her arm, backed up at arms length, and “falls to such perusal of my face as he would draw it,” shook her arm a little, nodding jerkily three time, sighed like it was his last breath and then left while staring at her the whole time, not looking where he was going.
How does Polonius explain Hamlet’s behavior? “this is the very ecstasy of love, whose violent properties fordoes itself and leads the will to desperate undertakings as oft as any passions that does afflict our nature”
Who are the two childhood friends Claudius/Gertrude enlist to spy on Hamlet? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
How do they respond to the King’s request? they will “give themselves in the full bent” like a bow in archery
What image does Polonius use to describe his news? the “fruit to that great feast”
Who are the ambassadors sent to Norway? Voltemand and Cornelius
What do the ambassadors relay to the king? Fortinbras’ uncle thought he was raising the army against the Polack, and when he discovered the deceit, he made him promise to never raise arms against Claudius. They ask for safe passage through Denmark to actually attack the Polack
What does Claudius say about finding out what is upsetting Hamlet? “Well we shall sift him” — like a sieve
Hamlet’s poem “Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move, doubt truth to be a liar, but never doubt I love”
What were the stages Polonius lists of the “declension” into love-madness sadness, fast, watch, weakness, lightness, madness
To what extent will Polonius go to find the truth about Hamlet? “within the center” – of the earth/universe
How does Polonius suggest they confirm his assertions? He and Claudius will hide behind a wall tapestry when Hamlet is walking and tell Ophelia to go to him. They’ll observe his behavior and if he is not mad with love for her, the king can fire him and he’ll go work on a farm
What remarks does Guildenstern make about their happiness/fortune? they are the “indifferent children of the earth”living neither on the “very button” of fortune’s cap, nor the “sole of her shoe” more in the middle, the favors- her privates- she’s a strumpet
What does Hamlet compare Denmark to? A prison- the world is a goodly one full of “fines, wards, and dungeons” Denmark being one of the worst= “nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”
Hamlet’s comments on ambition? If ambition is a shadow’s shadow, then beggars are the only substantial people, and kings and heroes are beggars’ shadows
How does Hamlet describe his madness? “north-north-west” “when the wind is southerly i know a hawk from handsaw”
What does Hamlet sing to Polonius? A song about a man in the Bible, Jephthah, who unintentionally sacrificed his daughter through a rash vow
To what does Hamlet compare the actor who plays the woman parts voice? A coin, hoping it hasn’t cracked, which would make the coin valueless and render the actor unable to play his parts
?What speech does Hamlet love One about Aeneas and Did is telling him the story of Priam, king of Troy, who Pyrrhus killed seeking revenge for his father, Achilles’, death.
How does Hamlet act when he sees Polonius? Calls him a fishmonger, then “so honest a man” because only one in 10000 is good in this world, then he warns Polonius against letting his daughter “walk in public” in case she gets pregnant, says he is reading “words words words” and when Polonius asks what’s the matter he asks with whom, rather than understanding he means with his book- lies, old men have graying beards, no wisdom and weak thighs but its rude to right that down because “for yourself sir, should be as old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward”

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