Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Discussed Act 4 Scene 1- 4
· Action vs. inaction (Fortinbras, Hamlet, Laertes, Ophelia)
Read Act 4 scene 5-7
· Important events
o Ophelia drowns
o Hamlet sends letters of his plan to come back
Watched Scenes with Ophelia
· fishbowl act 4 group meet
o critical review
o blog question post
· Prepare for fishbowl
Monday (11/28) after break:
· In class
o Fishbowl Act 4
o Study for quiz act 3 and 4
o Blog Question Act 4
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
We watched the two different films of Hamlet from the scene where Hamlet is yelling at his mother Gertrude and stabs Polonius, and compared and contrasted them.
- The first one we watched (Mel Gibson), to the class it seemed like the ghost was more "real". Also that Hamlet was much more angry with his mother and was yelling a lot more. This film also shows more incest like when Gertrude gets Hamlet to shut up by kissing him.
- The second one we watched, was more emotional, it seemed like Hamlet was much more emotional when he was talking to the ghost, other than that they were very similar.
We started reading Act 4 after that.
- We read Scene 1,2, and 3, and will finish Act 4 on Friday. If we finish Act 4 on Friday our Act 4 fishbowl will be Monday, November 28th, the Monday after Thanksgiving break, so don't forget and be prepared.
Monday, November 14, 2011
HW: answer Act 3 blog question, fishbowl act 4 group meet- critical review, syllabus, blog question post fishbowl
Class Schedule: Today was the Act 3 Fishbowl. This took up all of class.
Jack, Drew, Molly, Mitch, Jere, and Ben
-Is the ghost real, or just a figment of Hamlet's imagination?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Fishbowl Act 3 group meet, critical review, syllabus, blog question post after fishbowl.
The Fishbowl was moved to Monday. Friday we will finish reading Act 3.
We reviewed what we read for Act 3 on Monday. Some critical points were discussed which are as follows:
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern report to King and Queen that they didn't figure out why Hamlet was acting so crazy (they really didn't want to betray him anymore).
- Polonius' plot to catch Hamlet failed. Hamlet told Ophelia (knowing he was being watched) that he didn't love her.
- Polonius said, "We are oft to blame in this, 'Tis too much proved, that with devotion’s visage And pious action we do sugar o'er The devil himself." This shows h0w he has a guilty conscience. The people who are the guiltiest act the most pious to cover it up.
- The most famous line, perhaps in all literature, says Smith, "To be or not to be? That is the question-" was said by Hamlet. When he says this, he gives himself three options. Though he gives himself options, none are desirable considering all have major consequences:
- Kill himself to escape all his problems
- Kill Claudius to "right the wrong"
- Put up with all that is thrown his way and not do anything about it
- The scene where Hamlet approaches Ophelia when she is alone is a turning point. Hamlet says he doesn't love Ophelia anymore, questions her chastity and honesty, and asks where her father is to show her he knows what is going on. In doing this, he made Polonius and Ophelia look bad.
- We see that father figures in the play are by character destructive
- We know that Hamlet is still sane considering he asked his good friend Horatio, to watch Claudius' reaction during the play so they can compare notes. An insane man may not ask other people to confirm his suspicions.
Monday, November 7, 2011
HW: Don't Forget to blog on the question Posted by the Act 2 Presenters.*
(Blog response needs to be a well written. Everyone except the presenters needs to answer the blog.)
Fish Bowl of Act 1
My apologies on being late with apple malfunctions.