Friday, March 9th
When the sentinels are switching shifts and they say, “Long live the king” are they blindly loyal to a position or are they being faithful to the king that they have a personal connection to? Why?
Sentinels blindly follow leadership - society follows
How reliable of a narrator do you think Hamlet is? Is his grief and angst effecting his view of the events too much? how can we tell what is true and what is exaggeration?
Hamlet’s angst relates to his decision making
Analisis of the conversation of Ophelia and Polonius; what they think of Hamlet and Why? (Grant)
Ophelia a pawn - she’s concerned about making everyone happy.
Consider the conversation between Hamlet and the ghost of his father. Do you think this is a demon or a helpful spirit? What would you do in Hamlet’s predicament?
Most likely a Protestant demon - what are the implications?
What do you think the ghost of his father wants Hamlet to do for revenge on his uncle?
Religion plays a role - which religion will you choose? Is Hamlet convinced? Is this an easy situation?
How does Shakespeare’s writing style affect the impact of his soliloquies? -Holly
Shakespeare’s structured his soliloquies and crafted them with both structure and content
Do you think Ophelia realizes that she is a pawn that he father brother and Hamlet are using or does she mistakenly believe that she has control over her own life? - Sara
Ophelia might think she’s in control but is manipulated
What literary elements does Shakespeare use repeatedly throughout his writing? (Adam)
Literary elements are great! They’re everywhere!
Session 3 : what to read for next week - put a post-it on agreed upon page (for Thursday)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Waiting for Godot
Thursday, March 15th
The Ideas of March
Nate F. - 2.2~115 - “...doubt that the sun doth move” implies the sun really does move. This is a geocentric view of the world. What are some other religious/cosmic views in the world of Hamlet?
Shakespeare goes back and forth with traditions...
Sarah - When Ophelia runs to Polonius about Hamlet showing up in her room, Polonius is happy and feels the need to tell the King and Queen. Why would Polonius be happy about this?
Polonius is trying to gain power through Ophelia’s relationship - what is his obsession with ‘proof’?
Will - How do the names that Hamlet calls the ghost reflect his attitude towards the ghost and his respectively his attitude towards the commandments given by the ghost?
Times when Hamlet ‘honest ghost’ and ‘perturbed spirit’ - never neutral
Cody - How does the Catholic vs. Protestant argument continue to develop throughout Act II?
Ghost has Catholic qualities, but characters are Protestant
Tucker - What is the significance of Hamlet using a play to prove his uncle’s guilt? What does he hope to prove? How will the outcome of the play determine the origins of the ghost? and where do we think the ghost is from?
Grant - In Act Two, after the ghost appears to Hamlet, there is descriptive evidence of Hamlet’s appearance around the King and Queen. How is this significant towards his encounter from the ghost?
Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, doesn’t want her to have any type of relationship with Hamlet, while their father, Polonius does. Why do you think this is?
Nate C. - Using the soliloquy from Act 2, take an in depth look at it to analyze the character of Hamlet, and determine whether or not he will be able to seek revenge on Claudius.
Act 1 Quiz
Act 1 Quiz
Act 1 Quiz
Act 1 Quiz
Friday, March 23
Look closely at Claudius’ confession and Hamlet’s reasoning why he doesn’t kill the king - what do you conclude about their relationship with religion?
Look at Hamlet and Gertrude’s conversation - what is their relationship like?
Why does the ghost return when he does? What does he say to Hamlet?
Why did Hamlet react in the way he did after mistakenly killing Polonius?
Did Hamlet willingly go to England so easily because he premeditated the pirate story and being able to go back to Denmark?
Hamlet willingly went because he premeditated it
What was the final act that convinced Ophelia to drown herself? Could it have been prevented?
Everyone rejected her but no one helped her
Do you think Hamlet is aware of King Claudius’ plan for him in England? Why was he so willing to cooperate and just leave? Is it possible he could he have a secret counterattack in mind?
Hamlet has an impulsive need to kill - ‘justified’ now
We are going to talk about Ophelia from the beginning of Hamlet to when she kills herself in Act 4 scene5. What drove her to kill herself? how much did she know?
Hamlet’s fault! Then he killed her father! She does not fear death, fears present
In act 4 Scene 3 Claudius has a plan to Kill Hamlet. Does Hamlet know?
Claudius: So is it thou knew’st our purposes.
Hamlet: I see a cherub that sees them. But come, for England! Farewell dear mother.
Who is this cherub? And what might it have to do with Hamlet maybe knowing?
Do you think Claudius is sending Hamlet off to England just because he has killed Polonius and gone crazy? Or do you think that there is an underlying reason of fear of losing power? Do you think Claudius suspects there is something going on between Hamlet and Gertrude?
Claudius and Hamlet are actually, in a lot of ways, very similar to one another. How are they similar? How are they different? Why would Shakespeare make these to characters similar to one another?
Laertes is a foil of Hamlet,they are both trying to avenge their fathers deaths, but in different ways. In what ways do they foil each other? Are there any other foils in the play?
In Act 4 Ophelia goes into the river and dies, if in fact Hamlet and Ophelia were in love, what do you think his reaction to her death is, keeping in mind that he killed her father?
Ophelia’s suicide - does Hamlet care? He does!!! He jumps into her grave - with Laertes - and they have a fistfight!
What is the purpose of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? How do they transform throughout the story?
At beginning, R & G are pretty flat characters. In Act 2 - they “both obey” and become puppets for whoever controls them - they continue being puppets and become Hamlet’s foils
Is Gertrude the passive trophy queen that everyone thinks she is? Or is there more to her character than shakespeare lets on? is she an Ophelia or a Lady Macbeth?
Gertrude wants to keep her power as queen - she’ll go along with Claudius. Where is her love for her son? Foil is Ophelia - a puppet
Madness seems to be a common theme when analyzing characters.We will look at Ophelia, Hamlet, and Claudius. How are these characters mad and how does their madness differ from character t0 character?
events have stripped characters of their humanity - Hamlet thinks too much and also is a tiny bit crazy
Hamlet’s insanity is questionable by the beginning of Act four. After Polonius’s death, we are given several different perspectives on the situation. Why would Hamlet need to hide the body? How does each character see Hamlet after this? (Tyler)
Hides body to taunt people - he finally has power and attention!
What’s up with Gertrude?
In reviving Ophelia we see depression, fathers, families, and other influences cause girls in their adolescence to commit suicide; what do you think caused Ophelia to kill herself in the end?
Nate C.-Looking into the relationship between Hamlet and his mother and Oedipus and his mother and comparing the two.
Hamlet’s To Be or Not To Be soliloquy touches on many of the same objects as Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
Both Hamlet and Rorschach(Watchmen) portray strikingly similar views that one might call perfect justice. Both characters also share similar ideals towards their own society and looked upon as mad men by those around them.
Ophelia’s downfall in Hamlet is inevitable from the start because of the ways of adolescents in general and her inability to cope with issues as a young adult.
Nate F. - Hamlet displays eagerness toward individualism by gradually becoming less religious throughout the play; these views can be summarized by underlying themes in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
Jesse - How do the characters in each story convince themselves of something other than the truth? Hamlet convinces himself killing everyone is okay, while Vladimir and Estragon convince themselves Godot will show up.
Dan - How does Shakespeare use comedy in his play to get certain points across? Can Comedy be used to actually make other things more serious? Ya digggg?
In Reviving Ophelia, how does each young girl serve as a modeled example of Ophelia’s character in Hamlet?
Cody- Both Oedipus and Hamlet experience doubt, affecting their personality and causing them to lash out at those around them.
What sparks Ophelia’s madness and drive to suicide? her father’s death? not being wanted by Hamlet? or was she just acting out for attention?
In relation to ‘Reviving Ophelia’, how is Opehlias madness justified based on those accounts?
Tucker- Shakespeare and Beckett developed Hamlet and Waiting for Godot to answer the religious question of life after death, and they reinforced religious ideas in their characters to answer that question.
Religion consumes many peoples lives and can play a major role in the decisions people make. In Hamlet and Waiting for Godot, when characters make decisions based on a religious framework,they are often caught up in the religious tie-ins and consequences that, consequently, impair their ability to do the task at hand.
Grant- Is it madness? Or Something more? In Hamlet, Polonious explains how he believes there is a “method to his madness.” In ‘Waiting for Godot’ Vladamir and Estragon wait for Godot and know he is not coming. Are they crazy for doing this? The three Characters show acceptance of the ‘madness’ they’re in and how they cope.
Maura - Adolescents deal with stress in many different techniques. I am comparing three of these these between the girls in Reviving Ophelia and the characters of Hamlet.
Hamlet’s way of coping and dealing with life’s stressful situations vs.the way the girls of reviving ophelia do. (working thesis)
Mariah Ophelia’s characteristics coupled with the pressures she faces from society and her loved ones have her destined for disaster.
Sara - Sansa Stark form The Game of Thrones and Ophelia from Hamlet are both young girls whose nevite is so extreme that it endagers their lives, but those arround them wcould possibly have saved them, do nothing.
In Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, Ros and Guil add depth and insight to the play as well as into Hamlet’s character. How do the comedic duo help in this way?
In both Waiting for Godot and Hamlet, the main characters search for the meaning of life, facing many inner conflicts along the way.
In both Hamlet and Waiting for Godot, the characters treat death like it is nothing special, that it is just another step in life. How could this outlook in life change the outcome of both Hamlet and Godot if they valued life more?
Adam - How does the element of obscurity shape the core theme of both Hamlet and Godot?