Hamlet Act 3

“Get thee to a nunnery” Hamlet 1) protect your virtue 2) or go to a brothel (Elizabethian)
“It shall be so. Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” Claudius thinks he is talking about Hamlet but is talking about himself! Dramatic Irony. His actions are out of control.
“The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.” Queen thinks the person in the play is overreacting because she is feeling the guilt of the same situation.
“Oh, Hamlet, thou hast cleft my heart in twain.” Queen CLEFT= break TWAIN= two
To be or not to be speech We have three choices 1) Passive acceptance/stoic 2) Rid crown of incest/take action 3) SuicideWE RATIONALIZE
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report to Claudius We don’t know why Hamlet is crazy, but there is a play this evening.
How does Claudius react when Polonius says “with devotion’s visage, and pious action we do sugar o’er/the devil himself?” Rationalizing. Going to put Ophelia off on pretense of prayer. Mixed message. Sugar-coating. Expressing his guilty/maintaining facade even though he’s guilty.
What plan do Polonius, Claudius, and Ophelia now put into action Ophelia praying, happen on Hamlet, there will be confrontation, we will eavesdrop.
What is the nature of Hamlet’s soliloquy Pros and cons of being stoic. Action vs inaction vs suicide
What is Hamlet’s main argument against suicide. He fears what happens after death. Peace? Torment?
How does Hamlet treat Ophelia He trusts no one. He knows he is being watched. He’s acting.
What thinly-veiled threat to Claudius does Hamlet voice, after he becomes aware of his hidden presence Those who are married- all but one shall live
At the end of the scene what does the King decide to do with Hamlet Send him away to England under pretense of PR mission
What qualities in Horatio cause Hamlet to enlist his assistance Ability to be reasonable, logical, is not passion’s slave
What does Hamlet ask Horatio to do Watch Claudius and compare notes after the play
Summarize what happens in the play-within-a-play Loving King and Queen married for 30 years. King says going to die but queen will be forever loyal and won’t marry again. King naps and Queen exits. Murderer enters w/poison. Woman laments but leaves w/murderer.
Why does Hamlet refer to the play as the mouse trap. Suppose to trap the conscience of the King
What is the king’s reaction to the play Stalks out and calls for light.
What object does Hamlet compare himself Recorder
Hamlet goes to his mother. What does he command himself to do Use verbal daggers
What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do? Accompany Hamlet to England
What do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern say in support of Claudius He acts for the entire state. They will do whatever necessary to ensure Denmark’s safety
What does Claudius find nearly impossible to do Pray sincerely
Why doesn’t Hamlet kill Claudius when he discovers him in an attitude of prayer he doesn’t want him to go to Heaven. he wants him to suffer for what he’s done.
What does Polonius urge the Queen to do Be blunt with your son. His behavior will not be tolerated
Under what misapprehension does Hamlet slay Polonius He thinks it’s Claudius
Hamlet says to his mother, “You go not till I set you up a glass/ Where you may see the inmost part of you.” In what way does he do this Shows her 2 lockets with pictures of her husbands. Pointing out the differences of the 2. They are foils.
Why does the Ghost appear to Hamlet again “Do not forget thy almost blunted purpose” Have a job to do, don’t forget.
What does Hamlet ask of his mother Estrange herself from Claudius and keep his secret of feign madness.
What is climax Turning point of story where problem begins to resolve itself
Climax= When Hamlet fails to kill Claudius at prayer