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Maddie BlunierPeriod 1 Mrs. Moore APLit1/26/18Hamlet Review Guide1.     Foilsa.     Ophelia: Ophelia and her reactions following her father’s deathfoils that of Hamlet’s. She becomes mad following Polonius’ murder, truly mad.

Hamlet fakes his insanity to distract Claudius from his plans to avenge his ownfather’s death. Her heightened and real craziness makes his faux and mild casepale in comparison. Ophelia babbles incoherently, like quote. Hamlet was more purposefulin his madness quote.

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b.    Laertes: Laertes and Hamlet both attempt to kill the men who killedtheir fathers but go about it in very different ways. Laertes first thought wasto immediately seek out Hamlet and make him pay for accidentally murdering Polonius. quote. Hamlet, on the other hand, was more calculated in seekingrevenge, trying to find the right time, making sure Claudius was unable to seeksalvation, and acting mad to throw off any suspicions. quote. In addition, Laertesforgives Hamlet for killing him and his father, knowing that he did it toprotect himself and honor his father.

Hamlet would not do the same forClaudius, who murdered out of cold blood and thirst for power. Quote.c.

     Claudius: Hamlet differs from Claudius in their sense of morals.Hamlet has a more developed moral compass, always seeking to do right. Hewishes to murder Claudius only to get payback for King Hamlet’s death. quote. Claudius, in theopposition, maliciously sought to usurp his brother’s power over Denmark bykilling him, and then marrying his wife, his own sister-in-law. Quote.d.    Gertrude:e.

     Horatio:f.      Fortinbras: Fortinbras and Hamlet start out the play in verysimilar circumstances: wanting to seek revenge on those who killed theirfathers and their uncles have taken the throne. quote. Fortinbras is all that Hamlet wished he was, being quick to action andhaving a strong sense of loyalty among his family. Hamlet was often frustratedwith himself and his plan to kill Claudius because of his lack of progress anddifficulty completing the task. quote.

Hamlet also is missingany allegiance to his living family. He cannot trust his mother, who marriedher brother-in-law to not be lonely, or his uncle/stepfather, who murdered hisbrother to have power over Denmark. Fortinbras has his uncle who he listens to, and can truly trust. 1.2, 27-312.

     Themes and how characters contribute to the meaninga.     Corruption/Disease: The corruption found inthe monarchy of Denmark acts as a decomposition of morals in politics andpower. The motif of nature and plants throughout the play also applies to thegovernment. Denmark seen as a power that is dying and failing.  (1.4.

90) With a king thathas taken a seat at the throne due to violence and deceit has corruption rootedso deep in the system that Claudius was able to continue to do whatever hewished as king without anyone saying otherwise. He was willing to send thepeople’s beloved Hamlet away to England without an explanation, just because itwas better for optics than throwing Hamlet in jail for Polonius’ murder. quote. Rotting is anotherrepeated idea, similar to disease.

Corrupted people rot, are dead morally. quote. (5.1.

173)b.    Appearance vs. Reality:c.

     Revenge:3.     Use of Humora.     Act 3, Scene 2 with players:b.    Act 4, Scene 3 with Hamlet talking to Claudius afterPolonius’ death:c.     Act 5, Scene 1 with gravediggers:4.

     Most crucial soliloquy:5.    DramaticSignificancea.    Act 1, Scene 1:b.

   Act 1, Scene 2(beginning):c.    Act 3, Scene 1:d.   Act 3, Scene 3:e.    Act 5, Scene 1:6.    Discuss eachmotifa.

    “The PoisonedKingdom”:b.   “The Readinessis All”:c.    “Emptiness isEverywhere”:7.    Use of standarddramatic/literary conventionsa.    Imagery:b.   Soliloquies:c.

    Parallels:d.   Asides:e.    Prose:f.     Irony:8.    Use of minorcharacters in dramatic structure:a.    Rosencrantz andGuildenstern: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern demonstrate even morecorruption put into place by Claudius’ rule.

The two men who wereconsidered Hamlet’s oldest friends ended up betraying him. This betrayal hurtsHamlet more than others, because they were his confidants and people he thoughthe could trust. He knew that Claudius was corrupt and could deceive him in thisway but did not expect this from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

b.   Osric:c.    Bernardo andMarcellus:d.   The Priest:e.    Reynaldo:f.

     Gravediggers/Clowns:g.    The Players:h.   The Ghost:9.    Defend orRefute: Hamlet is truly mad:10.  Character Analysisa.    Hamlet                                i.     Consistency in behavior:                              ii.

     Words and actions spring from motivations that readers canunderstand:                             iii.     Characters must be plausible and lifelike:b.   Claudius                                i.     Consistency in behavior:                              ii.

     Words and actions spring from motivations that readers canunderstand:                             iii.     Characters must be plausible and lifelike:c.    Gertrude:                                i.     Consistency in behavior:                              ii.

     Words and actions spring from motivations that readers canunderstand:                             iii.     Characters must be plausible and lifelike:11.  Life lessons learned before Hamlet’s death: 

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