Hamlet: Notes


-1-Act 1 Scene 1
1. The atmosphere or tension is established trough use of ghost
as the super natural, the mystery, the unknown. A wrong is
known to have accrued or about to happen. This creates
intrigue and suspense. 2. Many changes take place in Horatio's
attitude towards the
ghost. At first it is known to us that Horatio does not
believe that the ghost actually exists. 3. The background
information we are given about the state of
affairs in Denmark and about the relationship between Denmark
and Norway is that something is wrong in Denmark and that
Denmark and Norway had been in combat. 4. We are introduced to the
subject of law and rebellion ...

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for some unfinished business. We
also learn that Horatio is a scholar and trusted by Marcellus
and Bernardo. He serves as a reliable witness and conveyor
for Hamlet. Even scholars don't understand the unknown
(ghost).

Scene 2

6. This scene introduces us to the King Claudius, the antagonise.
We know this because Hamlet has bad feelings towards him.

7. The impression that I get of the character of Claudius from
what he says is that he is a man of decisive action and of
command. Same goes for his manner of expression is that he is
courageous, strong minded. He does bad things in order to get
things done for himself. From the attitudes of the characters
I know that Claudius is a powerful man because Leartes asks
his permission to leave for France. Also because he has his
own advisor Polonius.


-2-

8. From Hamlets conversation with Claudius and Gertrude I learn
of Hamlet's ...

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family.
- Polonius is a man of knowledge he is the advisor and
gets a lot attention from everyone because of who he is.
- Ophelia is a sweet loving girl that loves her father
and brother as well as Hamlet.

12. Ophelia is gives a false advice about Hamlet from her father
and brother. They both want her to stay away from Hamlet
because of the way he has been acting. Both men don't think
that Hamlet really loves Ophelia.

13. I agree that the advice that Polonius gives Ophelia is cynical
and selfish because he is just assuming that Hamlet does not
love her.

...

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