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    1. Hamlet Act II, scene i

    2. 1. What is ironic about Polonius attempt to learn about Laertes life in Paris? If Reynaldo follows Polonius instruction, he will essentially ruin Laertes reputation while trying to gather information.

    3. 2. Why would Polonius immediately jump to the conclusion that Hamlet is mad for Ophelias love? Ophelias description of Hamlet in unfastened and rumpled clothing is the Renaissance convention of the man suffering from unrequited love. As Ophelia has broken off al contact with Hamletat Polonius commandhe readily interprets his appearance and actions, as described by Ophelia, to be signs of unrequited love.

    4. 3. Consider how the episode of Hamlet in Ophelias closet promises to contribute to the overall calamity of the tragic plot? Ophelia has now allied herself with those who oppose Hamlet. If Hamlet does indeed love Ophelia, then her breaking up with him is just another betrayallike his mothers hasty marriage to his uncle and her role in his fathers murder. If he does not really love her, then he is using her to advance his madness ruse. In either event, she is now involved in the intrigue and corruption of the court and will probably not escape being destroyed in the calamity.

    5. Hamlet Act II, scene ii

    6. 1. Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern willing spies for Claudius and Gertrude? Probably not. Gertrude flatters them by telling them that Hamlet often speaks of them as his favorite childhood friends and still feels a good bit of affection for them. Claudius frames his request in terms of two friends finding out what is wrong with their third friend so that they can help his family find the remedy.

    7. 2. What effect is created by the scenes between Hamlet and Polonius being in prose? Hamlets part of the dialogue relies on slang and puns. Shakespeare wants to emphasize these and not allow the audience/reader to lose them in the metrical pattern of blank verse. Polonius prose responses also highlight his own foolishness and lack of wit.

    8. 3. What are some of the slang expressions and puns Hamlet uses in his first exchange with Polonius? Why are they significant? First Hamlet calls Polonius a fishmonger, literally a lower-class hawker of common fish from a wagon. Fishmonger has also been generally regarded to mean some form of a pimp, given the fact that Polonius first ordered his daughter to serve her relationship with Hamlet and then later ran to the king excitedly to report that Hamlet was truly in love with her. He has already arranged to spy on his own daughter and Hamlet in order to maintain or increase his political influence with the king and queen.

    9. When Polonius asks Hamlet what he is reading, Hamlet replies, Words. When Polonius follows up with What is the matter? meaning what is the subject matter of the words Hamlet is reading, Hamlet responds to another understanding of the question(what is the problem): Between who? Later, Polonius says he will take his leave, and Hamlet responds there is nothing he would give more willingly; thus Polonius does not need to take it since Hamlet will gladly give it.

    10. 4. What is Hamlets initial reaction to the appearance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? He is glad to see them, yet as the scene progresses, he wonders if they were sent for and wants them to be honest with him.

    11. 5. Why are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hesitant to admit that they are in Elsinore because the king and queen sent for them? On the one hand, to admit that they were sent for might be to admit that they are spies; they did not think to come on their own but came when they were summoned. Note that they confess to being summoned only when Hamlet demands that, if they love him, they will tell him.

    12. 6. How does Hamlets famous What a piece of work is a man! passage depart from typical Renaissance humanism? The beginning of the passage reflects the popular Renaissance belief that humankind was at the top of the hierarchy of creation: the paragon of animals. But Hamlet ends, not celebrating humanitys godlike status, but lamenting the morality of flesh; this quintessence of dust.

    13. 7. Why does Shakespeare introduce a troupe of traveling players into the action of the play? The players will be the vehicle by which Shakespeare can evaluate various characters reactions to events and characters in the play. Hamlet can assess his own inaction in terms of the actors pretended grief. Hamlet can also use the scene portraying his fathers murder to observe Claudius and Gertrudes reactions.

    14. 8. What does Hamlets expression of concern about the child actors used in the city contribute to the plot or to the development of his character? Omit

    15. 9. What is unusual about the players monologue about the Fall of Troy? This monologue is written and told from the Trojan point of view. Thus, the son of Archilles(a Greek hero and the son of a Greek hero) is portrayed as the heartless villian.