Hamlet Act III

What does Hamlet’s to be or not to be soliloquy speculate about? the advantages and disadvantages of suicide
Why does Hamlet say that people do not take their own lives? because people fear and do not know what happens after death
What does Hamlet tell Ophelia? “your honesty should admit no discourse to your beauty” because beauty corrupts purity
What does Hamlet also say? “the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness: this was sometime a paradox but now the time gives it proof.” (allusion to Gertrude)
What do Polonius and Claudius think after the eavesdropping scene between Hamlet and Ophelia? Polonius still thinks Hamlet’s behavior results from unrequited love, but Claudius does not
During the play within the play, Hamlet’s cruel remarks to Ophelia arise mainly from what? his bitterness over his mother’s faithlessness
During the play within the play, why does Gertrude says that the Player Queen “doth protest too much”? because the Player Queen’s declarations that she will not remarry remind Gertrude that she has remarried quickly
What does Claudius think when he leaves the play within the play? he believes Hamlet knows he murdered Hamlet’s father
What does Hamlet force Guildenstern to do? try to play the recorder to make the point that if he can’t make a simple recorder speak, he certainly can’t make Hamlet speak
What is Hamlet’s reason for not killing Claudius while Claudius is alone at prayer? he does not want to send Claudius’s soul to heaven
Why is the scene in which Hamlet passes up the opportunity to kill Claudius ironic? because Claudius is unable to repent
Hamlet’s remark to the dead Polonius “Thou findst to be too busy is some danger” is an example of what? ironic understatement
What does Hamlet force her mother to do? to look into her soul and acknowledge her infidelity, her bad judgement, and immoral behavior by comparing the portraits and characters of Claudius and Hamlet’s father
What does Hamlet ask Gertrude to do? to keep his secret that he is only pretending to be mad, to behave virtuously even is she lacks true virtue, and to avoid Claudius’ bed
What does the word “enginer” refer to? Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Why does Hamlet tell Ophelia to go to a nunnery? because he considers all women unworthy.
When Hamlet suddenly asks Ophelia where her father is, what does it indicate? that he knows Polonius is listening to them
Where does Claudius send Hamlet? England
What does Hamlet tell Horatio? that he compliments him honestly and has nothing to gain by flattering him
Why does Hamlet admire Horatio in art? because he is not “passion’s slave.”
What does Hamlet ask Horatio? Hamlet does not ask Horatio to taunt and ridicule the king during the play, he wants Horatio to observe him.
What does Hamlet tell the king the play within in the play is called? the mouse trap
What does the play within the play depict? a nephew murdering his uncle
What does the king’s reaction to the play within the play confirm? the truth of what the ghost had told him
When Hamlet kills Polonius what does he think? he thinks it might be Claudius hiding behhid the arras
Does Hamlet physically assault his mother in the scene in her bedroom? no
Why does the ghost appear? to remind Hamlet to finish his mission
When the ghost reappears in Gertrude’s room who can see and hear it? only Hamlet
What does Hamlet tell Gertrude? that his cruelty to her is for her own good
What does Hamlet say about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? he will not trust them to protect him on the trip to England