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Hamlet Act IV-V.i Name:
Make-up Assignment Date: 3/12/2018
1. Hamlet left for England after declaring that he was going to think only “bloody” thoughts from this point onward. It was going to be pretty difficult to do anything about Claudius from England, though. What odd, offstage plot device sends Hamlet back to Denmark (IV.vi)?
2. How are the tone and content of Hamlet’s two letters (to Horatio and Claudius) different? In particular, what is does Hamlet’s diction imply in his letter to Claudius (IV.vii)?
3. Claudius thinks perhaps that Laertes could kill Hamlet “accidentally” in a fencing match. Claudius suggests that Laertes could just sort of happen to choose a sword “unbated,” or sharp, as opposed to the blunted weapon Hamlet would be using. Pretty crafty, Claudius. What does Laertes add to this plan in IV.vii.152-161?
4. OK, so Laertes is crafty too. But Claudius suggests they should have a “second” option, which is … (162-176)?
5. Ophelia’s death, described in a hauntingly sad, sweet monologue by the Queen (IV.vii.181-198) dominates the ending of Act IV. Does is come across as swift karma for Laertes’s evil plotting? Does it seem like a logical or inevitable extension of her descent into madness? Does she, perhaps, take her own life?
6. Water is sometimes a symbol of purification, sometimes destruction, sometimes cognition or deep intellect -- sometimes simply a natural, elemental symbol. Which is it here … or is it all of the above??? Use specific text details (w/line#’s) to support your thinking.
7. Feeling bold? Sketch a little image of Ophelia’s death and label some of the key details. (Not feeling bold? Do a google search of Ophelia or Ophelia’s death and annotate a classic rendition of this scene … or several of them if this is intriguing to you. Which parts are right out of the text, and which parts does the artist embellish?)
8. Note: this next sentence completion question is an attempt to get you to consider the significance of the juxtaposition of the death of Ophelia with the Gravedigger scene (V.i.). We no sooner have processed the tragic death of Ophelia, then we have the “Clown” gravediggers debating whether or not Ophelia … (V.i.1-10)!