Hamlet Acts 1-3

Ghosts -ghosts of dead -there to warn or for unsettled business- devil -there to trick you- hallucination -not real
Father/Son Relationship -King Hamlet and Ham- (Claud) and Ham -Dead Fortinbras and Fortinbras -these most similar bc both dad’s dead and uncle’s ruling -Polonius and Laertes
Act 1, Scene 1 Barnardo, Marcellus, and Horatio see the Ghost while watching the gate at night and agree to tell Hamlet about it.
Act 1, Scene 2 Hamlet’s 1st soliloquyHamlet is told about the Ghost and agrees to stay up and look for him
Act 1, Scene 3 Laertes, Ophelia, and Polonius giving advice to each other. Mainly about Hamlet and how to avoid him.
Act 1, Scene 4 All meet Ghost, Hamlet chooses to follow him.
Act 1, Scene 5 Ghost tells Hamlet he was murdered. Now he needs to avenge father’s death so tells friends he will be acting crazy.
Act 2, Scene 1 Polonius is spying on Laertes at school. Hamlet came into Ophelia’s room really crazy.
Act 2, Scene 2 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sent to spy on Hamlet. Fortinbras going to attack Denmark. Polonius is going to prove Hamlet is going mad because Ophelia doesn’t love him by hiding behind a curtain. Hamlet calls Denmark a prison, doesn’t like that his friends are spying on him. Asks players to perform The Murder of Gonzaga with an extra speech. Hamlet’s 2nd soliloquy
Act 3, Scene 1 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern lying to King about Hamlet. Claudius guilty about actions. Hamlet’s 3rd soliloquyOphelia is more convinced that Hamlet is crazy. Claudius is sending Hamlet to England to get him out of the way.
Act 3, Scene 2 Hamlet tells Horatio to watch Claudius’ reactions during the play so they can compare notes. Claudius leaves in the middle of the PLAY. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern don’t like that Hamlet isn’t telling them things. Hamlet’s 4th soliloquy
Act 3, Scene 3 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern going to London with Hamlet to keep an eye on him. Polonius hides behind curtain to listen to Gertrude and Hamlet. Claudius feels guilty, but can’t PRAY or be forgiven. Hamlet’s 5th soliloquy
Act 3, Scene 4 Hamlet kills Polonius. Hamlet is shaming Gertrude for marrying Claudius when the Ghost shows up to stop him. Gertrude thinks he is crazy. Hamlet tells her to not give in to Claudius.
Three examples of Ghost theory Act 1, Scene 4-Horatio and Marcellus warn Hamlet to not follow the Ghost because he might lead Hamlet to his death-Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that the Ghost is his father, which means that he is a good ghostAct 3, Scene 2-When Horatio and Hamlet watch Claudius’ face during the play and it doesn’t look guilty, then the ghost is a devil and there hunch is not worth pursuing
Examples of Father/Son Relationship Act 2, Scene 1(Polonius and Laertes)-Polonius sends Reynaldo to spy on him while he’s at school because he wants to know his reputationAct 2, Scene 2(Hamlet and Claudius)-Hamlet switched to free verse when talking to Polonius because it was a formal conversation, didn’t do that with ClaudiusAct 3, Scene 2(Claudius and Hamlet) -Answers Claudius questions crazily, then immediately asks Polonius normal question
Hamlet’s 1st soliloquy Act 1, Scene 2-Wished he was dead or no law against suicide -Nothing is right/good -Less than 2 months dead and mom got married-Dad much greater than Claudius-Mom seemed to like father, cried for month after died then married -Even animal would have mourned longer-Thinks incest that they married bc Bible-Hiding feelings -“He was a man.” – only father man, not Claudius
Hamlet’s 2nd soliloquy Act 2, Scene 2-First player cried while giving speech -Actor can conjure tears during speech, Ham still hasn’t taken action against dead father -Thinks weak bc of this, not content
Hamlet’s 3rd soliloquy Act 3, Scene 1-To be or not to be, suicide-Nobler to die or to fight it, fight troubles -Not as great bc don’t know whats to happen, could be worse -Who would put up with life when you could just die -Don’t do it bc don’t know what happens after death -Don’t kill themselves bc don’t know penalties, thoughts keep us from killing ourselves-May or may not be crazy
Hamlet’s 4th soliloquy Act 3, Scene 2-Can be v. cruel, but must see mother, can’t lose that and grow weak
Hamlet’s 5th soliloquy Act 3, Scene 3-Draws sword to kill Claud, then stops to think -If kills him, does him favor -If kills him when confessing sins, not revenge bc no purgatory for him-Will kill him once sins more, only keeping himself alive by praying