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1.Why has Claudius sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?

Why are lines 7-10

particularly significant?
Claudius sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to find out why Hamlet is in
the state that he is. The king shows Hamlet as someone who is unable to
control himself.
2. Is Claudius' motivation for spying on Hamlet mere concern for Hamlet's wellbeing?
By feigning his concern in hamlets well being Claudius is actually trying to
find out whether Hamlet knows anything about how Claudius was guilty of killing
the king and stealing his babe.
3. Do you think, at this point in the play, Claudius knows Hamlet is pretending to
be insane? Why would Rosencrantz start discussing ambition with Hamlet (line
This is the point of the play that Claudius is starting to suspect that Hamlet
is going insane. He is still not 100% sure but he suspects it heavily. Rosencrantz
is discussing ambition because he wants to find out if Hamlet wants to overthrow
the king.
4. Analyze lines 25-32. Do you think Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are motivated
by a desire to help Hamlet or to please Claudius?
They know that they dont have much of a choice. The king and queen can
just command them to do whatever he wants them to do so there isnt much of a
motivation to please him.
5. Polonius tells Claudius he knows the reason for Hamlet's strange behavior, yet
he makes Claudius wait to hear the news (line 51). Surprisingly, Claudius agrees
to wait. Does this tell you something about the nature of the King? Of Polonius?
From this we can tell that Claudius feels vulnerable. Polonius wants to
make sure that he has enough evidence to be seen as someone trustworthy.
6. Voltimand and Cornelius have returned from their mission to ask old Norway to
restrain his hot-blooded nephew, Fortinbras. Here we learn old Norway has
agreed to redirect Fortinbras to Poland. What are the possible reasons for
including Fortinbras in this busy scene?
This reveals a subplot that could affect denamark. Shakespeare uses

foreshadowing. Both plots are leaning towards the well being of Denmard under

7. Feigning madness gives Hamlet an outlet for expressing his true thoughts, no
matter how offensive. What does he really think of Polonius, as seen in lines 194202?
He is implying that Polonius is a deceitful character.
8. Lines 327-331 are some of the most beautiful and memorable in all of Western
literature, illustrating both Hamlet's plight and his passion. Why do you think this
speech is not in a soliloquy?
He is talking with Guildenstern and hamlet uses his passionate words to
try and convince Guildenstern and Rosencrantz to be forthright with him.
9. How does Hamlet feel about the players? Do we get a sense of Hamlet in
better days?
Hamlet loves the players. He thinks very highly of them as he loves the
10. In lines 312-349 Shakespeare takes his audience out of Denmark briefly, to
allude to some pressing matters in Elizabethan London. Do you think
Shakespeare is using Hamlet to voice his own disdain?
Yes I think Shakespeare is using hamlet to voice his disdain toward
London theatres.
11. Shakespeare seems to have enjoyed the story of Hecuba. References to her
tale of woe appear numerous times in his works. Why is Hecuba so important in
this play in particular?
This is a very important speech because he is raving against himself for
not doing anything that matters. It exemplifies Hamlets Personality and it shows
how the two plays have similar themes and motifs.
12. Hamlet asks, "Am I a coward?" (543). Do you feel Hamlet is a coward?

In my personal opinion, hamlet is not a coward. He is just unable to

understand why he is not able to go through with the deed. He would be a
coward if he just carried on being passive and accepting what happened.
13. Which line is the emotional climax of the soliloquy?
Lines 631-633. It shows the deepest of hamlets emotions of frustration. It
also explicitly reveals his desire to right a wrong by doing another wrong. He
wants to kill the king to avenge his father.
14. Do you believe Hamlet's doubts about the Ghost are genuine or an excuse to
delay the murder?
I belive it is a little bit of both because he is scared that if me
makes the wrong choice he will affect Denmarks well-being. He is
slowly building up the courage to kill the king