Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday, November 9th, 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.



In Class:
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:

  1. Kill himself to escape all his problems

  2. Kill Claudius to "right the wrong"

  3. 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.

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