Hamlet Act 3

What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report to the king and queen about their success with Hamlet? That they know Hamlet is confused but don’t know why. Not eager to be questioned
What plan do the king and Polonius devise to test whether or not the cause of Hamlet’s conduct is lovefor Ophelia? Have Ophelia confront him and watch it happen from behind a curtain
Explain the contents of Polonius’ lines “We are oft to blame in this – Tis too much proved, –hat withdevotion’s visage/ and pious action we do sugar o’er/ The devil himself”. That people often turn to god to mask their bad deeds. Foreshadowing of Claudius
. In the famous “To be or not to be…” soliloquy, what does Hamlet conclude? Fear of death causes people to become weak and that actions should be carried without that fear
Why does Hamlet assume madness in his interview with Ophelia and speak so harshly to her? No idea. Wants to be an a**hole I guess. Maybe provoke a response in his spectators.
What advice does Hamlet give Ophelia? GET THEE TO A NUNNERY
. Explain the lines beginning with “I say, we will have no more marriages…”. That everyone will stay married, everyone who is single will stay single, (except 1). Show Hamlet’s frustration with his mother.
What is the tone of Ophelia’s soliloquy? Sorrowful. Regretful at the fact that Hamlet has fallen so far.
What does the king infer from Hamlet’s soliloquy and his words to Ophelia? That Hamlet is brewing a plan and is gonna be an explosive action.
Why does the king fear Hamlet? Because the state loves him and he represents Claudius to a very far extent.
What suggestion does Polonius make? That he will watch Hamlet talk to Gertrude and prove Ophelia is the reason for the madness.
What does Hamlet say the mission of the drama is? To convey an important message. Not just to entertain but also to educate.
Why does Hamlet speak to Horatio in the manner in which he does? Because he has an important favor to ask him.
What does Hamlet say to Horatio about the play and his purpose in presenting it? He tells Horatio that the play is close to the reality of Claudius’s murder, and his purpose is to cause a reaction.
What change is there in Hamlet after the king, queen, Polonius and Ophelia have entered? He begins to not make any sense and take crazy.
What puns does Hamlet make in speaking to Polonius? That he is a capital of a guy, because he was killed in the play Julius Caesar.
What is the plot of the play which is presented before the king and queen? Guys kills King. Queen is horrified. She is wooed by the Killer. Killer becomes King.
What is meant by “dumb-show”? The play within the play that Hamlet staged.
What effect does the play have upon the king? He is startled and stands up.
What point in the “play within a play” has been reached when Claudius reacts? When the killer pours poison in the king’s ear.
When all have left except Hamlet and Horatio, how does the former act? Like a giddy, but sane person
Do Hamlet and Horatio now accept entirely without any reservations the message of the ghost? Yeah
What request from the queen does Rosencrantz bring? That Hamlet would meet her in her bedroom.
What metaphorical comparison does Hamlet make between Guildenstern and a player’s pipe? That they both play lies very simply, the player (King) just blows air through and they both make noise.
Of what does Hamlet charge Guildenstern? Trying to play Hamlet like a fool.
What is the emphasis of Hamlet’s soliloquy at the close of this scene? Shows how he is weakening and is succumbing to his actual madness.
What has been accomplished dramatically in this scene? Proving in Hamlet’s mind that Claudius killed his father, and that Claudius know Hamlet knows.
In his soliloquy, what does the king reveal of the murder? What of his mental and moral condition? The King reveals that he did it. He feels regret and shame and wants to repent but can’t. Morally torn.
What are Hamlet’s reasons for not killing the king when he finds him alone, praying? Why is this terriblyironic? His reasons for not killing him is because Claudius is praying which might allow him to go to heaven. Because Claudius fails to pray properly anyway.
Whom does Hamlet kill? Who did he think it was at first? He kills Polonius, thinking it was Claudius
Why does Shakespeare cause Hamlet to kill at this time? To drive the plot.
How does Hamlet chide his mother? Because he is angry with her unfaithfulness and is just full of rage.
What description does he give her of her first husband? Curly Hair and forehead like a Greek God. Could command the god of war and agile as Mercury. Seemed like every god had given him their blessings.
. Why does the ghost come? because Hamlet is hurting his mother.
Why does Gertrude think Hamlet’s words and conduct indicate insanity? Because Hamlet is seen talking to nothing, and is hallucinating.
What appeal does Hamlet make to his mother to reform? Confess her sins to heaven.
What does he say about his purpose to circumvent the plot of the king? That he will deal with Rosencratz and Guildenstein along with hurting Claudius.

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