Hamlet: Act II Questions

Who is Reynaldo, and what is his job? Reynaldo is Polonius’ servant. He’s sent to Paris to questions Laerte’s acquaintances.
Examine the line: “Your bait of falsehood take this carp of truth” (Scene i). Who is fishing? For what? What kind of bait is being used? Polonius is telling Reynaldo to carefully pick his questions to gather information regarding Laerte’s whereabouts.
How is Ophelia‟s report to her father concerning Hamlet‟s behavior evidence of his “antic disposition?” Hamlet is madly in love with Ophelia, almost desperate.
Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? How is Claudius‟s speech to them like Polonius‟s speech to Reynaldo? Rosencratz and Guildenstern are childhood friends of Hamlet. Claudius is essentially telling them to go around the bush with their intentions, similar to what Polonius said.
How is the attitude of the uncle to Fortinbras like that of Claudius to Hamlet? Fortinbras also wants to avenge his father’s death. Fortinbras’ uncle and Claudius don’t want this to happen.
How has Ophelia betrayed Hamlet‟s trust in the matter of his letters? Ophelia let other people read Hamlet’s letters to her.
What trap does Polonius set to get Hamlet to reveal what may be on the young man‟s mind? How does Hamlet “play it?” Is he wise to the trick? He makes Ophelia meet up with Hamlet so he can observe how Hamlet acts around her. Hamlet seems to know what Polonius is up to.
What is the source of the “transformation” of Hamletaccording to (a) Polonius, (b) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and (c) Gertrude? a) Polonius believes Hamlet changed because Ophelia rejected him.b) Rosencratz and Guildenstern believe he is depressed.c) Gertrude believes Hamlet is acting out due to his father’s death and her marriage to Claudius.
How does Hamlet compare himself to the actor he has auditioned? How does he propose to use the visiting actors in his conflict with Claudius? The actor expressed passion and emotion, Hamlet could not do the same.
What does the Queen know, and when does she know it? The Queen learns that Hamlet is upset because of his father’s death and her marriage to his uncle in Act I. In Act II, she believes Ophelia’s rejection has also hurt him.
Cite three evidences of Hamlet‟s sense of humor in his exchanges with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In each instance, what‟s the joke? 1) “Then you live about her waist or in the middle of her favors.” (feelings so-so)2) “O God,…have bad dreams. (he could feel like the King of the Universe if it weren’t for his bad dreams)3) “Then are our beggars…I cannot reason.” (Hamlet is referring to beggars as actual human beings right after he just called them less worth than dust)
If Hamlet is acting as one distracted and confused in the scene Ophelia reports to Polonius, why is he doing this, if he loves her? Hamlet was feeling distraught and angry. He wanted Ophelia to accept his true self, problems and all.

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