Hamlet Act 1+2

What had Bernardo seen at a prior watch? A ghost.
Why does Marcellus think Horatio should speak to the ghost? Horatio is the smarter one and knows Latin.
Why does young Fortinbras want to do? His father was killed by King Hamlet. He wants to reclaim the land that his father lost to King Hamlet. He wants to fight the King of Denmark and go to war to get them back. He has gathered men from different areas of Norway to help him.
Who do the soldiers/guards want to tell about the ghost? Hamlet.
Where does Claudius send Cornelius and Voltimand? He has written a letter to the King of Norway that he wants Cornelius and Voltimand to deliver. The King of Norway is Fortinbras’s Uncle. He is an old man who doesn’t know what Fortinbras is planning. The King of Norway has the power to stop Fortinbras from going to war.
What does the King tell Hamlet? The King tells Hamlet that he should not be so sad that his father died. Life must continue to go on. He also tells him that he does not want him to return to Wittenburg University to study. He wants him to stay in Denmark and to think of him as Hamlet’s father.
Hamlet is upset for two reasons. What are they? 1. Hamlet is upset because his father died.2. Hamlet is also upset because his mother married his Uncle very quickly after his father died, less than a month.
What news does Horatio bring Hamlet? That he saw the ghost of his father.
What does Hamlet decide to do after he hears Horatio’s news? Hamlet decides to see the ghost and talk to him.
What is Laertes’ advice to Ophelia? To stay away from Hamlet. Hamlet will take advantage of her. She should not believe him when he says he loves her. Hamlet will be King of Denmark, he is royalty and she is not.
What is Polonius’ advice to Laertes? He tells Laertus not to say what he is thinking and to think before he acts. He should hold onto his friends and not to be quick to make new friends. Don’t pick fights, but if you are in one, fight well. Listen to many people, but talk to few. Don’t borrow or lend money. Don’t have too much fun.
Ar the end of Scene III, Ophelia agrees to “obey.” What will she do? She will stay away from Hamlet.
What did the ghost tell Hamlet? The ghost tells Hamlet that Claudius killed him. He poured poison into his ear when he was in the garden and he died. He also stole his wife Gertrude. He asks Hamlet to seek revenge and kill Claudius, but not to hurt Gertrude. God and her guilt will take punish her.
Hamlet swears Horatio to things. What are they? 1. He makes him swear to not tell anyone what they saw. Hamlet talking to the ghost of his father2. He tells them that he will pretend to be crazy and they can not say it is because he saw the ghost of his father and talked to him.
Where does Polonius send Reynaldo? Why? Polonius sends Reynaldo to Paris. Polonius wants to learn about what his son is doing in Paris because he wants to spy on his son.
Why does Polonius think Hamlet is “mad”? Polonius thinks that Hamlet is mad because he’s crazy with love for Ophelia and she is ignoring him so he is depressed.
Why have Rosencrantz and Guildenstern come to the castle? Claudius asked them to come to the castle to find out what’s bothering Hamlet. Then, they can try to help him.
What is Polonius’ plan for testing his theory that Hamlet is love-crazy? He wants Hamlet and Ophelia to meet. Polonius is going to spy on them.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern finally meet with hamlet, and Hamlet discovers they were sent for by the King. How does Hamlet describes his personal problems to them? What does he tell them? He thought that the world was wonderful but life is terrible. People don’t interest him.
What arrangement does Hamlet make with Player 1? He’s going to have to put some of Hamlet’s lines in here. He is going to have him change some of the play. Reenact how his father was murdered to see how Claudius reacts.
After Rosencrantz and Guildenstern leave Hamlet, what does he basically say in his soliloquy? He’s a coward and a dreamer because he hasn’t made any plans to kill his uncle. He has an idea that if the players act out his father’s murder King Claudius will confess his crime of killing King Hamlet.