Hamlet Act I and II

Explain “Frailty, thy name is woman.” Hamlet says this about his mother in his first soliloquy. He is angry and feels that women are morally and emotionally weak.
What does the ghost of King Hamlet tell Hamlet during their conversation? He is in purgatory and must find justice for his murder. Claudius had poured poison in his ear as he slept.
What does Polonius and Laertes warn Ophelia about? She doesn’t need to get to close to Hamlet
In the opening scene, who have the guards invited along to keep watch? Horatio
Who is threatening to invade Denmark? Why? Fortinbras – to get land forfeited at father’s death
Why does the ghost disappear? Daytime has arrived
Who does Horatio want to tell about the ghost sighting? Hamlet
Who is the current King of Denmark? Claudius
Who does Gertrude marry soon after King Hamlet’s death? Claudius
Who is Hamlet’s best friend? Horatio
Who asks permission to return to France? Laertes
Who swears to speak to the ghost, even if Hell should “gape open”? Hamlet
Who is the Lord of the court – Claudius’s advisor and also closest friend? Polonius
Who tells Hamlet not to be so sad about his father’s death? Claudius and Gertrude
What might the ghost wearing armor symbolize? He has returned to battle injustice that occurred in his death
Where does Polonius send Reynaldo? to spy on Laertes
Why does Polonius think that Hamlet is mad? Ophelia’s rejection
Why have Rosencrantz and Guilderstern come to the castle? to spy on Hamlet and try to find out why he has been acting strangely
What arrangement does Hamlet make with the players? the actors will reenact scenes that closely resemble how the ghost reported his murder to have occurred
What does Hamlet say in the last soliloquy in Act II? He calls himself a coward for not acting upon the news of this father’s murder
Why is Hamlet so upset with himself at the end of Act II he can not put into action a plan for justice like the heroic characters on stage can

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