Topics: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude Pages: 11 (3548 words) Published: May 5, 2013
What Ghosts Do Act one, Scene 1
Background As Horatio, Barnardo, and Marcellus confront and then discuss the ghost that has appeared to them, they demonstrate some superstitions and beliefs that they have about ghosts. Directions Reread the following lines and describe what assumptions the speakers are making about the ghost and ghosts in general.

Lines: “In what particular thought to work I know not, but in the gross and scope of my opinion, this [seeing the ghost] bodes some strange eruption to our state.” Assumption(s):

Lines: “If there be any good thing to be done that may to thee do ease, and grace to me, speak to me; if thou are privy to thy country’s fate, which, happily, foreknowing may avoid, oh speak! Or if thou has uphoarded in thy life extorted treasure in the womb of earth, for which, they say, you spirits oft walk in death, speak of it.” Assumption(s):

Lines: “We do it wrong, being so majestical, to offer it the show of violence, for it is as the air, invulnerable, and our vain blows malicious mockery.” Assumption(s):

Lines: “I have heard the cock, that is the trumpet to the morn, doth with his lofty and shrill-sounding throat awake the god of day, and at his warning, whether in sea or fire, in earth or air, th’extravagant and erring spirit hies to his confine.” Assumption(s):

A King’s Explanation and a Son’s Sorrow Act one, Scene 2 Background Hamlet’s father, after whom he’s named, has died. King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, has taken over as king and married his brother’s wife, Hamlet’s mother. The King and Hamlet have two very different perspectives on the events that have occurred, but Hamlet must keep his feelings to himself. Directions Reread the lines spoken by Claudius and Hamlet in the beginning of Scene 2 in order to answer the following questions. Please use complete sentences.

1. How does King Claudius make the marriage to his deceased brother’s wife seem reasonable?

2. How does Hamlet view his uncle’s marriage to his mother?

3. How does the King view Hamlet’s continued mourning for his father?

4. How does Hamlet specifically view his mother for marrying his uncle?

5. Horatio, the ghost’s presence, and now Hamlet have each foreshadowed trouble to come. What bad thing do you think is going to happen and to whom?

Brotherly Advice Act one, Scene 3
Background In Act one, Scene 3, Laertes warns Ophelia about Hamlet’s behavior toward her. Laertes, being a concerned big brother, doesn’t think that Hamlet’s affection for his sister will last. He wants to make sure that his little sister’s heart doesn’t get broken, so he urges Ophelia not to take Hamlet’s flirtations too seriously. Though times have changed and, for the most part, people no longer formally court each other, a sister being warned by her over-protective brother is a situation that could easily occur today. Directions Write Laertes and Ophelia’s exchange into modern-day language, so that it sounds like a conversation that could actually occur today. You will need to use another sheet of paper. Suggested length: 3⁄4 of a page–1 page.

Profile of the Prince Act one, Scenes 2–4
Background In Hamlet’s speech in lines 16–41 of Act one, Scene 4, he contemplates the nature of humans and how a single character flaw can become a person’s downfall. Shakespeare often has his protagonists contemplate the nature of humankind, and then he goes on to show us their flaws. Directions Based on each indicated passage below, answer this question: What do these lines say or show about Hamlet?

• Hamlet to Gertrude, Act one, Scene 2,
• Hamlet to Gertrude, Act one, Scene 2,
• Hamlet, Act one, Scene 2,
• Hamlet, Act one, Scene 2,
• Laertes to Ophelia, Act one, Scene 3,
• Hamlet, Act one, Scene 4,

A Picture of Purgatory Act one, Scene 5
Background In Act one, Scene 5, lines 4–6 and 13–27, the ghost alludes to the fact that he must return to purgatory, a place where he will pay for his sins until they are purged...
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