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Revelation A25 "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 HamletIdentify 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 howeach passage may reveal character, advance the plot, or illustrate atheme, motif, or subject of the play. Your response should take theform 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) . 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)
Revelation A25 his guilty conscious, he still never opens up about his mistakes. c. "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all," (Act 3, Scene 1, line 90 / 84) The speaker in this is Hamlet. What he is trying to say in this scene is that our conscience tells us what is right and wrong, as well as the act of consciously thinking about something. In doing so it can possibly make you calmer and also make you think about the consequences of the things you feel like doing. With this he generalizes that with this human behavior it can make the actions of people turn into cowards. With this it is ironic because Hamlet always worries about being a coward with his actions.

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