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Mrs BlyHAMLET ACT I SCE 1
1. What mood is established in this opening scene? How does Shakespeare establish this mood? •The mood is dark, creepy, and sinister. Shakespeare establishes this mood by setting the opening scene of this tragic play just after midnight. There are three scared watchmen and a skeptical friend of Hamlet’s out on the watch, participating in a ghost-hunt. The audience should feel the tension right away and the cold weather reflects the mood.
2. Early in the scene, Horatio, one of Hamlet’s friends, cracks a small joke to show the watchmen (and the audience) that his heart is not fully into joining the ghost-hunt. Write the line that an actor portraying Horatio should read wryly•. The joke is when Horatio is asked if he is there and he says, “A piece of him.”•Here, Horatio uses humor to show that he doesn’t want to be out in the cold in the middle of the night with a couple of guards who think they’ve seen a ghost.