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Agnieszka Wynar 1 Agnieszka Wynar Mrs. Mancini AP Literature and Composition 5 October 2008 Hamlet Act I Scene I Act 1 Questions 1. In the opening scene Francisco shows fear and anxiety. The most obvious hint that he is scared is that he shows alertness to faintest noise. When Bernardo asks a simple question “Who’s there?” It is not answered with a natural jovial voice instead a nervous and paranoid one. Francisco says “Nay, answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.” He does not want to reveal his identity first, he responds as the guard not as a friend. 2. Francisco is “sick at heart” because he saw the ghost of Hamlet and he is confused about what he has seen and why he has seen it. He shows tension between his head and heart, however, the play doesn’t really reveal why he is feeling that way. 3. Bernando’s description in lines 34-39 is dramatically effective because he underlines that this is not the first time the ghost has visited. At the beginning he sets the reader to sit down and carefully listen to what is going to happen next. He also shows that Horatio refuses to accept the truth about seeing the ghost of King Hamlet. It makes the readers suspense rise because Horatio has trouble believing in the appearance of the ghost. It makes the audience question whether Marcellus; who has seen the ghost, isn’t delusional.
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Agnieszka Wynar 2 4. The ghost might have been offended because they refer to him as a thing, and additionally as an evil thing. Horatio describes the ghost as a bad omen. The ghost’s appearance immediately indicates trouble in Denmark and Horatio is comparing it to the supernatural omens. 5. Lines 71- 74 tell us that Hamlet was a brave king. Has fought in Norway in the armor he is now wearing. In that same armor he defeated the Poles in the battle of Norway. His dress shows that he is ready for to fight again, he is ready for a war. It foreshadows trouble and alerts Denmark about the upcoming war with Norway. 6.
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