Act 2- Hamlet

Reynaldo Polonius’ servant
Where is Polonius sending Reynaldo and why? to France to spy on Laertes and make sure that he is behaving
How does Polonius feel about Laertes? even with all of the nice words he said to him he still doesn’t trust him
What happens when Hamlet bursts into Ophelia’s room? he grabs Ophelia by the wrist and shakes her arms (being aggressive) then lets go and backs out of the room with no words freaking her out
Why does Polonius think Hamlet is crazy? Ophelia broke up with him
What is Hamlet like when he bursts into Ophelia’s room? he is not well put together (he is a mess)
What does Polonius ask Ophelia about Hamlet? have you been mean to him? she says no she has only ignored him as Polonius has asked
Why do Polonius and Ophelia go to Claudius? to tell them their theory about why Hamlet is acting crazy
What should Rosencrantz and Guildenstern be? loyal
Why does Claudius send for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? to use them to find out what is wrong with Hamlet and what could make him feel better, to spy
What should Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have said to Claudius’ proposal? no- being good friends
What does the queen offer Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? a reward, being greedy they accepted the proposal
what does uncle fortinbras reply to voltemand to give to claudius in a letter? -young fortinbras was planning to attack Denmark-hearing of this uncle fortinbras stopped it telling young fortinbras to knock it off-now young fortinbras wants to fight Poland instead but he needs to march through Denmark to get there so he wants permission
what is claudius’ response to what uncle fortinbras asked? I will think about it
What is Polonius known for? just talking, not making sense
What does Polonius have to show the king? a love letter Hamlet wrote Ophelia, he reads it aloud to the embarrassment of Ophelia
What does Polonius explain to Claudius about the relationship? Ophelia took my advice and repelled Hamlet, because of this he started to decline into insanity
Why does the Queen hope Polonius’ theory about Hamlet is right? so that she is not to blame for his sadness
What does Polonius suggest they do when the king wants to know how they can test Polonius’ theory? they will hide out in the lobby and spy because Hamlet hangs out there a lot and they will send Ophelia to listen to their interaction to conclude whether he is insane over her or something else
What does Polonius say in his aside when speaking to Hamlet? that Hamlet is crazy (totally buying into Hamlet’s bull shit)
What does Hamlet consider Denmark and why? it is a prison because he can’t leave (he promised his mom)
What does Hamlet want to hear from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? the truth, why they are here he asks them 3 or 4 times
What does Hamlet finally say to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? (long thing) I am going to tell you why you were sent for: I’ve lost all my joy and don’t do my daily routine, life is meaningless, it doesn’t matter how beautiful things are to me it means nothing
the roof of the castle in all its beauty to Hamlet is.? meaningless
What is Hamlet’s philosophy of humanity? human kind is a piece of work, our reason sets us apart from animals, we are smart, all of these great things make us who we are, but although we are blessed to have all that he doesn’t care about any of it
players travelling group of entertainers, poor, made their living on putting on shows
Who do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern invite to Elsinore? the players, Hamlet is happy and really excited for them to come
How does Hamlet treat the players? even though they are low class people he respectfully welcomes them he doesn’t look down on the lower class
What does Hamlet ask one of the players? to speak a speech
How is Polonius acting towards the players versus Hamlet? Polonius is acting like a snob
What is the title of the play Hamlet wants the players to put on? “The Murder of Gonzago” (play within the play)
What does Hamlet tell the players to do/why? change some of the lines in the play so that it reenacts the ghost’s version of the real death of his father to see how claudius reacts
Soliloquy #2 theme= plan for revenge
What does Hamlet talk about in soliloquy #2? the passionate player’s speech and how it moved people to tears but Hamlet says that he is the one who should be passionate, he has a goal but he hasn’t done anything yet (tragic flaw)
“mad for thy love?” said by: Polonius to Opheliameaning: is Hamlet crazy because he was in love with you and you left him?
“that hath made him mad” said by: Poloniusmeaning: Ophelia’s rejection made Hamlet crazy
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are..? Hamlet’s childhood friends
“Moreover that we much did long to see you, the need we have to use you did provoke” said by: King Claudiusmeaning: King sent for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to use them to spy on Hamlet
“Some little time, so by your companies to draw him on to pleasures, and to gather so much as from occasion you may glean” said by: King Claudiusmeaning: find out information about Hamlet and report it back to us
“that I have found the very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy” said by: Poloniusmeaning: I known why Hamlet is crazy
“I doubt it no other but the main- his father’s death and our over hasty marriage” said by: Queen Gertrudemeaning: I suspect Hamlet is crazy for no other reason than his father’s death and our overhasty marriage
When Polonius talks for a long time and doesn’t make sense when in the presence of the King and Queen discussing Hamlet what is the only important thing he says? “Your noble son is mad”
“More matter with less art” said by: Queen Gertrudemeaning: get to the point, Polonius
“but never doubt I love…but that I love thee best, O most best, believe it” said by: Hamlet in the love letter that Polonius reads like its ugly meaning: they were in love
“Lord Hamlet is a prince, out of thy star, this must not be” said by: Poloniusmeaning: Hamlet is out of your league, Ophelia
What does Polonius love to do? spy
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in it” said by: Poloniusmeaning: Hamlet’s rambling has an underlying reason, some of it makes sense
“These tedious old fools” said by: Hamletmeaning: when he stops putting on his antic disposition to Polonius he says this
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are bad..? liars
“for there is nothing either good nor bad but thinking makes it so” said by: Hamletmeaning: everything is about your perception
“But in a beaten way of friendship, what make you at Elsinore?” said by: Hamletmeaning: to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, why are you here?
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern say is there reason for being at Elsinore at first? to visit Hamlet
What shows that Hamlet is smart? He flat out says to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, were you not sent for? deal justly with me
“I know the good king and queen have sent for you” said by: Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
How many times did Hamlet ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to say why they were here? 4
“My lord we were sent for” said by: Guildenstern
“Man delights not me, no, nor women neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so” said by: Hamletmeaning: man=Claudiuswoman=Gertrude
“Good my lord, will you see the players well bestowed?” said by: Hamlet to Poloniusmeaning: treat the players well
“My lord, I will use them according to their desert” said by: Poloniusmeaning: I will treat the players accordingly with their class
“Use them after your own honor and dignity” said by: HamletMeaning: treat the players as you would like to be treated
“You could for a need, study a speech of some dozen or sixteen lines, which I would set down and insert in it?” said by: Hamlet to playersmeaning: could you change the play according to my plans?
“Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain” said by: Hamletabout: Claudius
“Am I a coward?””But I am pigeon-livered and lack gall to make oppression bitter” both said by: Hamlet meaning: I am afraid
“I’ll have these players play something like the murder of my father before mine uncle, I’ll observe his looks” said by: Hamletmeaning: the play will reenact the murder to see how Claudius reacts
“If he do bleach, I know my course” said by: Hamletmeaning: If Claudius react, I know the ghost was telling the truth
“The spirit that I have seen may be a devil and the devil hath power I assume a pleasing shape” said by: Hamletmeaning: the ghost may look good but be bad
“The play’s thing wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King” said by: Hamletmeaning:through the Murder of Gonzago I hope to catch my uncle