Hamlet Act 1

What is the setting of Hamlet? Denmark, Elsinor Castle
Who did Denmark battle and win against? Norway
Who are the children of Polonius? Laertes and Ophelia
What are the two themes in Act 1? 1) appearance vs. reality2) grief vs. manliness
What is Wittenburg? The school at which Hamlet Jr. and Horatio attend, very studious.
What does Hamlet compare life to in his first soliloquy? An unweeded garden
Who says “Spmething is rotten in the state of Denmark”? Marcellus
Who says this and what does this mean? “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life now wears his crown.” (46) The ghost and it means that the person who killed your dad is now the king, meaning Claudius.
Who said this and what does this mean? “Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, With juice of cursed hebona in a vial, and in the porches of my ears did pour the leprous distilment.” (68) The ghost and it means Claudius poured poison in Hamlet Sr.’s ear, and it killed him while he was napping.
Who said this and what does it mean? “Sent to my account with all my imperfections on my head.” (87) The ghost and he didn’t get to redeem his sins while he was alive so he had to go to Purgatory after death.
Who said this and what does it mean? “Meet it is I set it down that one may smile and smile and still be a villan.” Hamlet and it means that people can be two-faced and fake.
Who said this and what does it mean? “There are more thing in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” (188) Hamlet and it means that there are thing we cannot explain with science.
Who said this and what does it mean? “As I perchance hereafter shall think it meet to put an antic disposition on” (192) Hamlet and it means be quiet about the ghost and he will be acting cray, but don’t tell anyone that he is acting.
Who said this and what does it meam? “Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for loan often loses itself and friend.” Polonius and it means don’t borow or loan money because you could lose your money and friends.
What does the ghost look like? Hamlet Sr. in full armour
Who is Hamlet referring to when he says “Frailty, thy name is woman!”? Gertrude
What divine law does Hamlet regretfully have to follow? He can’t commit suicide
Why does Shakespeare not get into what happens after purgatory? To not make Catholics or Protestants mad
How did people say Hamlet Sr. died? He was bitten by a poisonus snake
Why can’t Ophelia and Hamlet be together?