Questions about Hamlet
The questions in your reading of the play give you much to think about. If you had to choose three that you found the most thought-provoking, or that you are at a loss to answer, which would they be? List them by Act, question number, and a brief designation (such as, Hamlet’s speech to the Players). Explain briefly why you find each of the three questions particularly challenging or interesting.
Act 1 – Question #2
Hamlet’s first soliloquy (1.2.129-59) reveals that more than just his father’s death distresses him. Be as specific as possible about the causes of Hamlet’s anguish here.
Act 3 – Question #1
What do you make out of Hamlet’s assertion to Ophelia: “I loved you not” (3.1.117)? Of his characterization of himself as full of “offenses” (3.1.121-25)? Why is Hamlet so harsh to Ophelia?
Act 5 – Question #6
Fortinbras gives Hamlet a soldier’s funeral. Is this ridiculous? Can it fairly be said that, in a sense, Hamlet has been at war? Explain