Hamlet Act 1

List three of William Shakespeare’s major tragedies other than Romeo and Juliet. MacBeth, Hamlet, and Othello
What country does Hamlet take place in? Denmark
Who is the Ghost that the guards have seen? King Hamlet
How is the Ghost dressed? in armor
Who is Horatio? Hamlet’s best friend
What do the men decide to do? Tell Hamlet that they have seen his father’s ghost
Who is Laertes’ father? Polonius
What does Hamlet mean by “A little more than kin and less than kind.”? Hamlet and Claudius are more closely related now, but Hamlet still dislikes him
What does Gertrude mean when she says “Cast thy nighted color off”? Cheer up, Don’t be so depressed
Does Hamlet decide to go back to school or stay in Denmark? Stay in Denmark
What kind of mood is Hamlet in during his 1st soliloquy? angry
How long has King Hamlet been dead? 2 months
What does “Frailty thy name is woman!” mean? All women are ***** and should not be trusted
What does “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” mean? Don’t borrow or lend things
What does “To thine own self be true” mean? Be yourself and listen to your gut feeling
How does Ophelia respond when forbidden from seeing Hamlet? She says “I shall obey, my lord.”
What 2 adjectives describe Claudius? arrogant, powerful
What 2 adjectives describe Hamlet? dramatic, dark
What 2 adjectives describe Ophelia? obedient, weak
Who says “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”? Marcellus
How do the people of Denmark think the King died? a snake bite
Who murdered the King? Claudius
What does “adulterous” mean? cheating on a spouse
What does Hamlet learn about his mother and Claudius? They were having an affair
What does Hamlet mean by ” One may smile and smile and be a villain!”? Even though Claudius may smile he is still a villain
Why does Hamlet pretend to be insane? So he can get away with murdering Claudius
What does it mean to “put on an antic disposition”? to act insane
Is Hamlet happy that he has to kill Claudius? No