A40-Hamlet Section 2.doc - \"To Be or Not To Be Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate places 1

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"To Be, or Not To Be" Read all parts of your assignment carefully and record your responses in the appropriate places. 1. Following are four passages from Acts 2 and 3 of Hamlet . Identify the speaker of each one and explain the context in which the passage occurs. Then comment on the dramatic purpose, or dramatic significance, of the passage. In other words, explain how each passage may reveal character, advance the plot, or illustrate a theme, motif, or subject of the play. Your response should take the form of a well-developed paragraph for each passage. a. "What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties," (Act 2, Scene 2, lines 318 and 319 / 303 and 304) In act 2, his what are supposed to be his friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask him why he is so sad and tell them he doesn’t know, mankind is impressive but hamlet doesn’t care enough. b. "0, 'tis too true! How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience!" (Act 3, Scene 1, lines 56 and 57 / 50 and 51) Claudius knows that all his scheming might catch up with him in the end, his sexist beliefs and thoughts align his deception with use of makeup that a women uses, he compares painted words which are his lies to the way a harlot plasters her face with makeup. c. "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all," (Act 3, Scene 1, line 90 / 84) Hamlet is thinking if he should commit suicide or not, he thinks that why would he want to live, that it is too painful to live, but heis also afraid of the after life, how will we be treated this why he is hesitant. This shows hamlets indecisiveness. d. "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go." (Act 3, Scene 3, lines 100 and 101 / 98 and 99)
The king has ordered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to go with Hamlet to England, banishing troubled hamlet. Polonius tells the king he will spy on hamlet while he talks to his mother. The king prays that he will get away with killing his brother. Hamlet sees the king praying and think to kill him, he doesn’t thinking that the king will go to heaven. 2. Having studied the first three acts of Hamlet, you've had a good deal of practice in reading Shakespearean English. This reading- comprehension activity will test your skills in this area by having you read and answer questions on a passage from another of Shakespeare's plays. Read the passage that follows, taken from Henry VIII by William Shakespeare. Then answer the multiple-choice questions based on it. On your answer page simply put down the letter that best answers each question. From Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 2 Characters: Cardinal Wolsey Duke Of Norfolk Lord Chamberlain Earl Of Surrey Duke Of Suffolk In the court of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey became an increasingly powerful figure, aggressively seeking to assure his own position of wealth and power. In this scene, Wolsey is accused of committing acts of treachery and is being asked to forfeit the Great Seal. The Great Seal is used to seal important documents and is in his possession as a symbol of his authority from the King.

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