Tragedy of Revenge: The tragedy of the play revolves around Hamlet’s desire for revenge against his uncle Claudius for the murder of his father, King Hamlet. This revenge is a central theme of the play and drives the plot forward. Appearance Versus Reality: Many of the characters in Hamlet put on a false face in order to mask their true intentions. The Ghost: The ghost of King Hamlet, who appears in Act 1, serves as a catalyst for the events of the play. It is his demand for revenge that sets Hamlet on his course of action.
Key Plot Points: Discuss with a neighbor and share in 4 or fewer words. (More than one is good!)
In Act 2 of Hamlet, who is the first person to speak?
What does Claudius ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to do in Act 2 of Hamlet?
- Discover the cause of Hamlet's madness
- Kill Hamlet
- Help him write a new play
- Help him find a new wife
In Act 2 of Hamlet, why does Polonius think Hamlet is insane?
- He has not been eating
- He has been spending too much time alone
- He has been acting strangely
- He has been drinking too much
In Act 2 of Hamlet, what does the ghost of Hamlet's father want Hamlet to do?
- Revenge his death
- Marry Ophelia
- Forgive Claudius
- Abandon Denmark
What words describe Hamlet in Act II?