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Do Now: Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor) once said, “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” How does this quote apply to Hamlet?

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1 Do Now: Marcus Aurelius (Roman emperor) once said, “The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.” How does this quote apply to Hamlet? HW: Read to the end of Act 4.

2   Claudius seems all to happy to be able to send Hamlet away.  However, what nefarious plan does he reveal? (nefarious: wicked or criminal) A King’s Plan

3   “The body is with the King, but the King is not with the body. The King is a thing – ”  “A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a/ king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.” Hamlet’s Word Play

4   What about Hamlet’s encounter with Fortinbras’ troops inspires Hamlet’s soliloquy?  Notice: In this long soliloquy about Hamlet’s resolve towards vengeful action, he concludes with a line focusing on his thoughts being bloody.  Will Hamlet ever learn? “O, from this time forth / My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth.”

5   Telling line? - Right before Ophelia enters to speak to Gertrude, Getrude speaks of her “sick soul” and speaks of sin.  To which sin is Gertrude referring?  Unlike Hamlet, Ophelia’s breakdown is real. Her raving grief over her father is understandable.  However, why are these sexual references in her songs? To what or whom may she be referring Ophelia’s Madness

6   “The rabble call him lord…”  Although we aren’t told how Laertes has been able to acquire the support of the people, the fact that he comes back with their support suggests a lot about the stability of Denmark’s government.  What statement is made about the state of Denmark?  Laertes as Foil  How has Laertes now presented himself as a foil for Hamlet?  Do you think Laertes will get his final revenge on Hamlet? “Laertes shall be king…”

7   What are all the parallels that are now created in Act 4?  Madness  Revenge  Sins Parallels


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