Hamlet Study Guide

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Act I Questions

Act I Scene 1 : Horatio’s opinion of the ghost before and after he sees it, is that the ghost is Old Hamlet, the dead king. He looks just like Hamlet’s father that was supposedly bitten by a poisonous snake. This ghost was dressed in armor, head to toe.

Act I Scene 1 : Claudius announced that he is the new king of Denmark when the beloved king Hamlet is dead and also stated that he is now married to Hamlet’s Mother, old Hamlet’s wife. Before Old Hamlet past, his great rival Fortinbras, King of Noway dared him to battle and Old Hamlet killed Old King Fortinbras. Now that Old King Fortinbras is dead, young Fortinbras is now the new king of Norway, he is tough and unproven and he now wants to take over Denmark.

Act I Scene 1 : Horatio’s fear about the Ghost is “something to worry about”, he talked about the emperor Julius Caesar, and how the corpses rose out of their graves and ran through the streets. There were threatening signs and now Horatio believes that the ghost of Hamlet was sent down here as if heaven and earth has joined together to warn them what is going to happen.

Act I Scene 2 : Claudius’ comments to Hamlet regarding his father’s death was not sympathetic, he basically told him not to mourn over his father’s death because in a way he is betraying God. Hence, Claudius’ advice was not to mourn, because once upon a time it happened to every son and father out there, and it wouldn’t make a difference, the father would still be dead.

Act I Scene 2 : Hamlet feels weak because his father’s death and Mother’s marriage breaks his heart in silence, since he can’t mention his feelings aloud. Now that everything happened, life is pointless to him, he then uses a metaphor of “a garden that no one’s taking care of, and that’s growing wild. Only nasty weeds grow in it now.” Hamlet looked up to his father, an excellent king. Hamlet is more hurt not because of the death of his...
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