Hamlet Act Two

At the opening of the scene, where is Polonius sending Reynaldo? To France
Why does Polonius send him on his journey? To spy on Laeretes
By what trick is Reynaldo suppose to get information about Laeretes? Tell him lies to see if anybody agrees
What does this reveal about Polonius character? He is not trusting or should be trusted and he is sneaky
How does Ophelia describe Hamlets appearance? Straight outta Hell
What is Polonius conclusion about Hamlet? Love sick, madness
At the beginning of Scene 2, for whom has Claudius sent? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Why has he sent them for? Ask them to spy on Hamlet
What news do Voltimand and Cornelius bring back to Norway? Fortinbras will not attack Denmark
What request does Norway make of Claudius ? Safe passage for his army thru Denmark to attack Poland
Why is humorously ironic about Polonius saying “Brevity is the soul of wit” He talks to much
What plan is formed to test Polonius hypothesis that Hamlet is made from rejected love? Hide behind a curtain while Hamlet and Ophelia are together in a room
Hamlet calls Polonius a “fishmonger”. Why? Because, he is pretending to be crazy
What does Polonius say about the contrast between madness and sanity ? Sometimes when a person is manic, his responses are fast
Why does Hamlet tell Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that “Denmark’s a prison”? Because, his mother ordered him to stay in Denmark
What reason does Hamlet give to his friends for his current condition? He is depressed, the whole earth looks dark
According to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, why are the players traveling? Kicked out of town because they did not use child actors
Why is Hamlet not surprised at the information about the players? Things can change fast
Hamlets does the play? He is going to avenge his fathers murder. He is unlike Pyrrhus because, he hasn’t done it yet
What two questions does Ham ask the first player? To play the murder of Gonzago and can he learn a few lines
What causes Ham to exclaim “o, what a rouge and peasant slave am I” He hasn’t avenged his fathers death
What plan does Hamlet devise? Make a reenactment of his fathers death and will look at King Claudius the entire time
Why does Ham feel he must have evidence of Claudius guilt? Because the ghost could be a devil that trying to get Ham to do something wrong
Beguile To deceive; to mislead
Boisterous Rowdy; loud
Brazen Shameless
Chide To voice disapproval
Clamor Loud noise or shouting
Reynaldo spies on… Laeretes
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spies on… Hamlet
Claudius and Polonius spies on…. Hamlet and Ophelia

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