It’s Thursday !. Please get out Hamlet and your notes. We will begin Act 2 today. If you were absent yesterday, I will show the rest of Act 1 today after school. Otherwise, you are on your own.
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You should know the characters well and be able to answer some short answer questions about the characters we have met thru Act 2.
Come prepared to write a CEW on your own character.
I would come to class with at least 2-3 good quotes that explain your character best. You will write a CEW on this question: What does your character represent so far in the play? What might he or she be symbolic of? (See first page of essay packet)
Hero is representative of what happens when a person does not have their own voice. For example, when she is accused of not being a virgin and being a “beautiful sinner” by Don Pedro, she has to take it because Don Pedro has more power and authority than she does. Even when she denies it, “Who can stain [my name] with a just accusation…I wasn’t talking to any man at that time, my Lord,” she isn’t believed by her dad at all. Because the men accusing her have more power, their word is valued over hers. It doesn’t matter what she says because no one is listening to her. Since Hero is treated more like a prize for her virginity than someone with a mind of her own, Shakespeare uses Hero to show us the dangers of a person not being allowed to have a voice for themselves.