O’Shea Hamlet Final

The ambassadors that were sent to Norway to warn the King of his nephews aggressiveness – Cornelius and Voltemand
The theme of deception with three concrete examples – The theme of deception is heavy in the story of Hamlet. Three examples of this is Claudius killing his own brother King Hamlet, Hamlets “friends” Rosencrantz and Gildenstern trying to get information from Hamlet, and sending Reynaldo to Paris to spy on Laertes.
The 3 revenge plots – 3 revenge plots are Hamlet wanting revenge for his fathers murder, Laerties wanting revenge because Hamlet killed his father, and Fortinbra wanting revenge for his father losing a fight to King hamlet thus loosing his territory.
Hamlets philosophy of Nihilism. Define and give 3 specific examples from the text. – Nihilism is the belief that life is purposeless and meaningless. 3 specific examples from the text are Hamlets suicidal ideation in his first soliloquy, he says the world is an “unweeded garden”, and Hamlet saying in second soliloquy that he doesnt deserve respect.
The quotes from Hamlet that are still used in modern English – – “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”- “Though this is madness, yet there is a method in’t”- “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”- “Brevity is the soul of wit”- “More matter with less art”- “One may smile and smile and be a villan”- “…hoist with his own petard”- “When sorrows come, they come not single spies,/but in battalions…”
Characteristics of a Shakespeare/Greek tragedy and their presence in Hamlet. – Catastrophic death, Downfall of an entire nation, Catharsis, serious actions with disastrous consequences, great suffering and redemption. (Find examples)
The theme of insanity with three concrete examples – The symptoms on insanity Ophelia shows in Hamlet after Hamlet murders her father is being distracted, speaking gibberish, and shes paranoid and lashes out for no reason.
Characteristics of a tragic hero and their presence in the person Hamlet – Hamartia (Hamlets indecisiveness), reversal of fortune/peripety/Peripetia (The people wanting Learties to be King instead of Hamlet), endures suffering disproportionate to his faults (Depressed over his fathers death), endures suffering with dignity (Not killing himself though he was depressed) , and empathy from the audience (Pathos) (Audience feeling depressed twords the end of the play because of all the death and distruction). (find examples)
Name the play within a play and identify its purpose – The play is “The Murder of Gonzago” and its purpose was to make King Claudius feel guilty and if he shows his guilt Hamlet will know for sure that he killed his father, King Hamlet.
Discuss the character you like least and best with sufficient evidence from the text to support your assertions. The character I like the least is King Claudius because he murdered his own brother in cold blood and married his wife soon after. In Act 1 Scene 3 the ghost of King Hamlet admits this to Hamlet when he said “the serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown” (Ham I, iii, 44-45). My favorite character is Hamlet because even though he had murdered Laerties and Ophelia’s father he was trying to do the right thing throughout the play “Hamlet”. He finds out his father was murdered in Act 1 scene 3 to which he says he will get revenge for him. He was also misunderstood and his mental illness was translated into insanity by everyone around him. In the end hamlet had died trying to be the hero because of his mistakes.
Hamlets childhood “friends” summoned by the king – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Laertes as a dramatic foil for hamlet. Offer 3 illistrations to support a short essay answer – Learties is a dramatic foil for hamlet because he is trying to get vengeance for his father while Hamlet is doing the same but he had not found a way to do so yet. 3 illustrations of this are Hamlet murdering Polonious, Learties’ father in act 3 scene 4. After Learties finds out this news he swears to get revenge for his father, “only ill be revenged most thoroughly for my father” (Ham IV, v, 148-149). He quickly gets to his plot to murder Hamlet. After all this time has gone by Hamlet still has not gotten the revenge he promised his father in Act 1 Scene 4 , nor does he have a plan besides to kill King Claudius.
Parts of the plot, especially new terms, and their position in this play. (Freytag’s pyramid) Exposition – Act 1, the play opens to Horatio, Bernardo, and Marcellus speaking of a ghost they seen while on guard at the castle in the middle of the night. They tell Hamlet.Exciting Force – Act 1, The ghost tells Hamlet that he is his father and he was murdered by King Claudius. Rising Action – Act 1,2,3, Hamlet tries to figure out how to get revenge for his father. This includes putting on a play to make sure that Claudius actually did it, he tells his mother the truth about his fathers death, and he kills Polonious thinking it was the King. Climax – Act 3, Hamlet murders polonious, he is also sent by the King to England. Falling Action – Act 3 , 4, 5, Hamlet is on his way to England to be killed when they are taken over by pirates and he gets them to take him back home, Ophelia goes mad and dies, Learties and the King are plotting their revenge against Hamlet (his murder) Final Moment of suspense – Act 5 (finish when done reading)Catastrophe – Act 5 (Finish when done reading)Denovement – Act 5 (Finish when done reading)
Aloof – Reserved. My car is often aloof, she hides under the couch all day.
Sycophant – Kiss-up. Jonny is a sycophant. He brings our teacher flowers every test day.
Nihilistic – The belief that life is purposeless and meaningless. Many depressed people have a nihilistic outlook on life.
To denigrate/self-denigrating – To belittle / belittle ones self. My friend is always self-denigrating, mostly about her looks.
Toil – To work hard. I toil at school and work which makes me tired.
Promiscuous – Having many sexual relations. Its dangerous to be promiscuous because you might catch something.
Deject – To make sad. It dejects a mother to hear her child failed a test.
Scrupulous – Thorough. I am scrupulous when making detail in my artwork.
Archaic – Old-fashion. My grandma has an archaic way of life because she follows how her parents raised her.