Hamlet Act 2 scene 1-2 (2-1-16)

What does Polonius ask of Reynaldo? How does he propose that Reynaldo go about this task? take money to Laertes and spy on him. Use misdirection, say things about him that aren’t true to see how the people respond
What does this scene reveal about Polonius’s character? nosey, loves to hear himself speak, loves his kids
What does Ophelia tell Polonius? How does he interpret her story? She seen Hamlet. His clothes are messed up, he’s behaving strangely, he stares without speaking. He’s gone mad in love with Ophelia.
How is Ophelia’s exchange with Hamlet and example of dramatic irony? audience knows Hamlet is going to act crazy. Ophelia doesn’t know, she’s worried about him.
Why does Claudius ask for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to come to Denmark? to spend time with Hamlet, figure out what’s wrong with him.
What two things does Polonius tell Claudius? he thinks he found out what’s wrong with Hamlet. Ambassadors from Norway have returned.
What does Polonius suggest they do to determine the depth and truth of Hamlet’s love for Ophelia? spy on them. brought Ophelia to a place they knew Hamlet would be to see how he acted towards her.
What does Hamlet’s language during his exchange with Polonius reveal about his state of mind? He’s acting crazy. Making fun of Polonius
Hamlet states, “I am but mad north-north-west; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” To whom does he say this, and what does he mean? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He’s only crazy sometimes but knows what’s happening most of the time.
Why does Hamlet call Polonius “Jephthah, Judge of Israel”? king who sacrifices his only daughter
What is Hamlet’s central dilemma at the end of this scene? How specifically does he plan to resolve it? he is not certain of the ghosts identity and intentions. Have the actors do a play. If he did it Claudius would act guilty.
The theme of deception and false appearances comes up several times throughout the scene. Identify 3 examples of characters not representing themselves honestly. -Guildenstern & Rosencrantz- King called them to spend time with Hamlet. -Deception- Polonius hiding behind the curtains to spy on Ophelia and Hamlet.-Hamlet- deception- acting crazy trying to catch Claudius-actors- deception- job description

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