Act One Scenes four and five
1. What do Hamlets comments (lines 25-40) have to do with the concept of tragedy and, in
particular, the traits of the tragic hero?
- Since nature cannot choose his origin, natures livery or fortunes star: people la
Hamlet Act Two Scene One
This scene is in two halves.
In the first half Polonius sends his servant Reynaldo to spy on Laertes, to make sure he is
not misbehaving in Paris. The scene is significant in that it sets up the theme of spying and
ACT TWO SCENE TWO
In act two scene two, the presence of the players is an irony used to highlight Hamlets
state of mind. The first players ability to immerse himself in such artificial emotion
clearly contrasts to Hamlets inability to express real
1. How does Torvald treat Nora? Make a list of all the names he calls her.
He really loves her: teases her with funny names, takes her playfully by the ear
Knows what is good for the family
Nora Nora just like a woman
Oedipus the King First episode
Oedipuss opening speech (14-15)
In Oedipuss first speech, how does he try to solve the mystery of who killed Laius?
He wants his subordinates to tell the murderer is. When this attempt failed, he uses
punishment to warn pe
In act two scene two, the presence of the players is an irony used to
highlight Hamlets state of mind. The first players ability to immerse
himself in such artificial emotion clearly contrasts to Hamlets inability to
express real emotion. This situational
Time for some research. Look up the following terms and concepts:
Tragedy: A form of drama based on human suffering that invokes in its audience an
accompanying catharsis or pleasure in the viewing.
Suffering often ends in death or disaste
Second Episode Oedipus and Creon
1. Compare the opening speeches of Creon and Oedipus. How does their language and
their sentence structure reveal their character and mood here?
- Oedipus gives to many questions (accusations)to Creon while Creon only uses
The second soliloquy (lines 576-634)
Section 1 (576-598)
What is Hamlet responding to? How does he use language to compare himself with
the Player? What is the connection between this part of the speech and I know not
seems (1.ii.78-88, page 18)?
- The pl
Act One, scene two
1. Examine Claudius use of pronouns in his opening speech and comment on their effect.
- The royal we ~ A ruler refers to himself as we.
- Excessive use of our to unite the whole kingdom, make everybody stand with him.- To
Oedipus the King Prologue
1) How is Oedipus presented in the Prologue? Consider the ways the Priest refers to him; his
own speeches; and the way that he talks to Creon
- He is a selfish person who only cares about his purpose (
- He is revealed as self-ce
Act Three scene two
1. What advice does Hamlet give the players?
Not to shout their lines, but to speak them trippingly on the tongue, so that the
action [will be suited] to the word, the word to the action.
2. What does he say the purpose of acting is? (