Monday, November 5, 2012

Hamlet Act 1 Fishbowl

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    1. The ghost's purpose is to reveal the cause of his death to Hamlet. <3 Danger

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    2. To show Hamlet how he was murdered and what kind of a person his uncle is.

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    4. I believe the ghost's purpose was to save Hemlets life. He was suicidal and had thought of running away. Because of the ghost however, Hamlet now feels like he has to stay and reveal what his uncle has done and take the thrown for himself.

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    5. do you think that the ghost of Hamlet's father is a spirit sent to tempt and destroy Hamlet? or do you think it is actually Hamlets father who came to reveal the tragedy of his death so that revenge could be sought out?

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    6. but didn't hamlet already plan on staying and not committing suicide before the ghost spoke to him? Hamlet believes suicide is a direct path to hell and that something was wrong so he planned on staying anyway

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  2. What did Hamlet learn from the ghosts speech besides how he died?

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    1. I think he learned about a side of his uncle and his mother that he didn't know about. Possibly even a side of himself he didn't know, since he promises to commit murder by avenging his father's death.

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    2. He learned that his uncle Claudius has murdered his own brother and the ghost of King Hamlet is telling him to avenge Claudius for killing his father and Hamlet should take the throne that is rightfully his.

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    3. I think he is starting to question his sanity a little. Even though he believes the ghost is truly his fathers spirit he can't help but start to think about his own mental health.

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    4. I think Hamlet learned what he is capable of. Upon hearing the news about his father's murder, he is angry and promised revenge to his father, which he never thought of doing before.

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    5. The ghost is there to bring justice to the awful act that was committed against him, and to help his son gain back his rightful throne. The ghost wanted to get back at his brother, and he knew that his son would do anything for him.

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    6. It is also a monologue that emphasizes the image of women using Gertrude's betrayal.

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  3. What did people in Hamlet's time use to clip their nails? Did they clip their nails at all?

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    1. I don't think finger nail clippers were invented yet!

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    1. I don't think the ghost is an image that only Hamlet created, other people around him have seen it as well. The ghost may be another reason to seek revenge against Claudius, but not the sole and only reason.

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    2. No, I think he is actually a ghost because Hamlet didn't seem to hate Claudius before he married his mother and it makes complete sense for him to kill King Hamlet. Claudius wanted the throne and he wanted to marry Hamlets wife.

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  5. Do you believe that Hamlet is staying in Denmark so he can kill Claudius for murdering his father? Or do believe that Hamlet will find proof to reveal his uncles dirty secret, then take the thrown in respect to his father?

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    1. I don't think his original intention was to stay in Denmark to kill Claudius. But now that Hamlet knows that he killed his father, it might be an example of irony- Claudius convinced Hamlet to stay in Denmark, which could eventually lead to his death.

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    2. I think he will wait in Denmark and try to get evidence of Claudius killing his father and then if nothing solid turns up he will avenge the death of his father and kill Claudius and try to cover it up and take the throne.

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    3. Although by that time he didn't enjoy the fact that his mother suddenly married his uncle and his uncle was suddenly King, I think he was still too deep in mourning to think of such idea that Claudius could have been a murderer. It almost seemed he didn't mind completely because he wasn't ready to move on to a typical life.

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    4. I agree with Drew and how his original intention,hamlet that is, was not to kill Claudius.Learning that Claudius killed his father for the throne, im sure hamlet will want justice for his uncles actions. And to be the new king of Denmark for what should of been his rightful position from the start.

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    5. I agree with Drew and how is original intention,Hamlet that is, was not to stay in Denmark to kill Claudius. Learning that Claudius did kill his father for the throne, Im sure that Hamlet will want justice for his Uncles actions.And to be the new king of Denmark which should of been his rightful position from the start.

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    1. I think he is more worried about what his uncle might do if he discovers that hamlet knows he murdered the king and what hamlet is going to do to stop his uncle before he does something drastic

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    2. I disagree, i think that if anything Hamlet has gained a significant amount of confidence. Throughout the story so far Hamlet has appeared cowardly and relatively passive. For example, his uncle stole the throne when Hamlet was the rightful heir, considering he was of age. So i think that now he has seen and talked to the ghost he has gained confidence and is going to attempt to bring justice to the throne of Denmark.

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  7. What advice did Polonias give to Laertes?

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    1. He told him to be true to himself and wise with his money.

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    2. He told him not to start any fights, but if he does get in one, to fight boldly

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  8. He learned that his uncle has betrayed the family. He has been exposed to betrayal, and death. It is almost an initiation for Hamlet, considering he was a relatively innocent man before these occurences. Possibly Hamlet is begging to embark on some sort of heroes journey, whether that is tragic or epic.

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    1. I agree, for Hamlet is such an overemotional, complex character, who reacts to his father's death is such erotic ways. It seems he wants closure, something to do for himself to complete the fact that his father did not die in vain.

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  9. Do you think Hamlet will seek revenge on Claudius, or do you think he might just wuss out and kill himself?

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    1. I believe Hamlet will do everything he can to kill Claudius because he is so angry and frustrated, Claudius is a perfect target for Hamlet to take his anger out on.

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    2. I think he will try and kill Claudius, but fate will spell his death. Just like EVERY OTHER SHAKESPEARE PLAY EVER MADE EVER.

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    3. I think that Hamlet is going to kill Claudius because he has so much hate twords him for killing his father and stealing the throne. To me, that is something to get angry about and for Hamlet killing Claudius will help him take out his anger.

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    4. Hamlet is a complex character filled with many emotions flowing in at once. It can all become overwhelming when so much is dealing with his father's death, and it seems hopeless. Yet I believe his love for his father his greater than his self-pity, so he will go through with revenge.

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    5. It is pretty obvious that he has the motivation to kill Claudius, i think he will follow through with that. However, i do believe that Hamlet is a coward of some sort. If something significant in a tragic way happens to Hamlet i am curious to see whether he keeps fighting or he gives up and commits suicide.

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    6. He will do anything he can to kill Claudiud because he has so much anger built up twords him for killing his father and stealing the thrine. To Hamlet, it could be one way to get closer and show his anger.

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    7. I think Hamlet will seek revenge. He is clearly very obedient to his father and was shocked when he found out the truth. Also he really has no one else to turn to, so he feels that the only person that he has loyalty to is his dead father.

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    8. He will do anything he can to kill Claudius. He has so much anger built up towards him so killing him could be one way to get closer.

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    11. I think he will seek revenge on Claudius because he is so enraged with the the situation and doesn't favor Claudius as is already.

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    12. His love for his father is stronger than his self-pity, even though he creates so much stress around himself. I believe he will go through with the revenge.

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  11. So far it has been mentioned that Hamlet's motives is driven by love and revenge for his father. We also know he doesn't respond well to Claudius and his father's sudden death. How does this support the idea that he made the image of the Ghost as an excuse to kill Claudius?

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    1. Sometimes when people get frustrated or upset at another individual, one will create a story in order to get revenge on the person that has done them harm. Hamlet is so upset that he is just trying to maybe find an excuse to commit revenge. However, I dont believe he has created this image of a ghost. The text supports the fact that the ghost is in fact real.

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    2. It supports it because the ghost appearing fits perfectly in with what he seems to want. He wants a reason to hate Claudius and now in his mind he has a reason to kill Claudius and avenge his fathers death, so in a way make his death a little easier to get over.

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    3. Hamlet's instability from the sudden death of the king may have contributed to the vision of the king. The ghost may be his cooping mechanism to deal with the death.

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    4. Well for the ghost to show up and talk to Hamlet made Hamlet miss his father more and seeing him just makes the love stronger for his father and hatred greater against Claudius, so it works as an excuse because he thinks his father told him that Claudius killed him and wants to avenge that and just escalates a reason for Hamlet to kill Claudius.

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    5. The fact that Hamlet made the ghost appear supports the idea that he uses the ghost as an excuse to seek revenge because now Hamlet knows information about his father's murder that nobody else knows about, which makes him the only one that is capable of avenging Claudius for killing his father. If Hamlet is the only one trying to seek revenge against Claudius, something could go wrong and this makes it harder to avenge his dad.

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  12. Marcellus says "something is rotten in the state of Denmark." What exactly is rotten?

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    1. Rotten: (adj.) Suffering from decay: "the supporting beams were rotten".

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    2. What is rotten is all the cheating, murder and lies that are happening. The king some how dies, Claudius becomes king extremely quick, and Hamlet sees a ghost. So there is a lot of weird and rondom things in Denmark that are going on.

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    3. He believes that the ghost has returned for a reason, and that something is not right. After Hamlet speaks with the Ghost of his father, he finds out what Claudias did to him. In my opinion, this shows that the fact that Claudias has taken the throne is what is rotten in Denmark.

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    4. i think it is just the events that have occurred and how the king was killed by his brother and all the other mumbo jumbo that is kept secretly from the mass

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    5. I think it is Claudius who is the "rotten in the state of Denmark". The new king, has killed his own brother to get to his throne, and if the king is "rotting" then the whole state will start to rotten after their king.

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  14. In the end of the Act Hamlet makes Horatio and Marcellos swear they will never speak of what happened with the ghost. Do you think they will keep their mouth shut or spill the beans?

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    1. I think the will be forced to tell someone in order to protect Hamlet from the ghost or straight insanity.

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    2. I think they will keep their mouths shut for a while until things start happening and other people begin to question what is going on, then they will reveal what they really know.

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    3. I think they will keep their mouths shut unless Hamlet begins telling everyone what he saw and the people begin accusing him of being crazy, then I think they might back Hamlet up because they seem pretty loyal.

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    4. I feel that something as big as the king coming back in ghost form will be to hard for them to keep a secret and they will end up telling someone who then spreads the word to many more

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    6. I foreshadow there will be more loyalty towards the king than Hamlet. They might do it out of good intentions to tell the king what has been on Hamlet's mind lately, maybe to help him, but overall it will be a betrayal against Hamlet in his fight for revenge.

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    7. I think at some point Horatio and Marcellos will be in a situation where they will have to tell and if they don't and are found to be lying they could be put to death, but would Hamlet tell them this if he didn't trust them enough to keep it a secret from everyone?

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  17. Why did Claudius kill King Hamlet?

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    1. He wanted the throne and all the power it had to offer.

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    2. He was angry that since birth he knew that his brother would gain the throne and he was second in line tell hamlet was born and he was then moved to third in line

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    3. Claudius killed Hamlet because 1, he wanted the throne and power over Denmark. Second, he was in love with Ophelia and he wanted to marry and seduce her. Really it all comes down to Claudius's jealousy over King Hamlet, because he is the brother of the king and he thinks he deserves the kingship and Ophelia.

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  18. It was mentioned that Hamlet's father is stuck in purgatory because he did not admit to his sins before he died. What is the ghost's purpose after he has revealed to his son how he was murdered? Do you think there is anything else that Hamlet's father was hiding?

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    1. Why is The ghost of Hamlets father seeking for Hamlet to avenge him if he said he is stuck in purgatory because he didn't confess his sins? Is contradictory in any ways?

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    2. I think the ghost stayed around just to tell Hamlet of his murder, and now that he has, I think the ghost will disappear when his death is avenged. In other myths, ghosts stick around long enough to help their loved ones or until justice is restored, so this could very possibly happpen in Hamlet

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    3. Perhaps he was hiding that there was something going on behind the scenes between he and his wife. Maybe Gertrude married Claudius so easily because of strife she had with King Hamlet.

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  19. How does Shakespeare portray women in Hamlet?

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    1. Women are unimportant, in Shakespeare's time, marriage was not based on love, and was merely a feudal right. The woman's duty to her husband was to obey and honor what he says and does.

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    2. Shakespeare seems to portray women as not very big characters in his novels, and I also see that the women can be the ones to cause the problems especially if she secretly wanted her husband dead and had a secret love for Claudius. So this shows that he thinks women are almost trouble makers and only make havoc in situations.

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    3. Women are definitely are factor in all his plays that cause trouble and portray sins. One example obviously come from Queen Gertrude, who was so hasty in remarrying he dead husband's brother. This shows how transparent women are, how they do anything to benefit themselves, based mainly off of lust and want of power.

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    4. Shakespeare tends to portray women as being one dimensional and naïve and overall portrays a subservient, submissive, unimportant, and unintelligent character.

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    5. He portrays them as helpless without men. A major example is Ophelia; she was constantly getting advice from her father and brother and pestered about her love with Hamlet.

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    6. Well, I'm glad you asked that. Shakespeare's view of women is very similar to that of Governor Romney's: He believes they are weak-minded and stupid.

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    7. He almost portrays them as property also. Like they can be controlled and when they are told to do something, they have no choice, they HAVE to do what they are told.

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  20. Do you believe that Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other even though it is forbidden? Also, if they do stay together what is your prediction on the outcome?

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    1. I think they will continue to stay together, their love seems strong but it well end badly as most of Shakespeare's plays do.

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    3. I think that they will, due to the nature of Shakespeare's plays usually involving some sort of forbidden love. The dudes into that sort of thing. It will most likely end up poorly for both characters based on what I have learned from most other Shakespeare plays.

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    4. I do believe that Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other. I think this because of what Mrs. Smith said about Ophelia being a weak woman who cannot think for themselves. Ophelia will give into Hamlet's attempts and lose sight of her fathers advice. I think ultimately they will die together and Ophelia's inability to think for herself will result in her death.

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    5. I think they will continue to see each other, because it seems that in most Shakespeare plays there is a secret love between two people so throughout the play I predict there will be some sneaking around and secret dating going on between those two people.

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    6. I think that they will stay together. As a theme in most Shakespeare books he always has a forbidden love that always seems to work itself out regardless of society and family wishes. I think that Ophelia is now invested into Hamlets life.

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    7. Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other because it seems to be a constant theme in Shakespeare's plays were two lovers continue to see each other even when they are told not to see each other. So if there is any repetition in his plays these two will still see each other.

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    8. Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other because it seems to be a constant theme in Shakespeare's plays were two lovers continue to see each other even when they are told not to see each other. So if there is any repetition in his plays these two will still see each other.

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    9. Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other because it seems to be a constant theme in Shakespeare's plays were two lovers continue to see each other even when they are told not to see each other. So if there is any repetition in his plays these two will still see each other.

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    10. Ophelia and Hamlet will continue to see each other because it seems to be a constant theme in Shakespeare's plays were two lovers continue to see each other even when they are told not to see each other. So if there is any repetition in his plays these two will still see each other.

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  21. What is the purpose of Polonius' family in this play? What is their part in the story, besides Ophelia and Hamlet's romance?

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  24. can someone tell me what the relationship is between, Polonius, Laertes, and Hamlet is.What was Polonius giving Laertes about and why????????????????????????

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  25. Do you think the queen had anything to do with King Hamlet's murder? Given that she only mourned for a very short period of time and then quickly married his brother, do you think she may have known anything about how her late husband was murdered?

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    1. Not necessary. I think the short mourning and quick remarriage is just another way that Shakespeare portrays women. Like without much emotion or love and they can't be unmarried.

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    2. If his wife had anything to do with the murder I think that Shakespeare would highlight that more in the story. Knowing how women were viewed in this time period ,particularly by Shakespeare, I do not think that the idea of the Queen’s involvement was even considered because women were thought to be unintelligent and incapable of such actions.

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  26. Why weren't women aloud to act in Shakespeare's plays?

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    1. It was not legal for women to perform in Shakespeare's time.

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    2. because women were not allowed to do anything in this general time period. They were thought to be inferior compared to men. (I don not condone the disrespect of women)

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    3. Most people of that time thought that women were inferior to men and they thought they could not accurately act in a play, so they just used men.

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  27. can someone tell me what the relationship between Laertes ans Hamlet is, are they friends or foes? Also what was Polonius giving Laertes advice for, what was it?

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  28. Do you think that Hamlet will continue to pursue the ghost and will be ultimately be driven to the brink of insanity?

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    1. I think it it is possible that Hamlet will avenge his father's death and the ghost will disappear because his battle is now complete. Then because Hamlet's sorrow for his father is so great, he will keep trying to find him which will eventually lead him to the brink of insanity.

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    2. Yes I think he will. He believes the ghost with his whole heart but he has no actual proof and he will struggle to find that proof and continue to make him go mad with anger.

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    3. I think Hamlet will try to find the ghost to get more answers in regards to how to kill Claudius but if he tries to hard to find the ghost again he will go insane because he wont believe himself that he saw the ghost originally and he might end up killing himself before he plots to kill Claudius.

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    4. I think he will because it partially seems he is depending on the ghost to give him advice and talk to him. He believes that he is real and willing to help. He wants to prove the existance of the ghost so he will keep going after him until he does.

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  30. Can Hamlet relate to any modern day fictional characters? (besides simba...)

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  31. If Horatio and Bernardo went out and did not follow through on their promise, do you think this could ultimately protect Hamlet?

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    1. I think they could, but they would also make Hamlet look crazy to everyone and he would forever be a laughing stalk.

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  32. When Hamlet became aware of the ghost of his father, he was very quick to go after him even though it seemed very risky and dangerous. What was the reason Hamlet did not hesitate in the slightest bit to follow the mysterious ghost?

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    1. because he misses his daddy and wanted to see him!

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    2. He went after the ghost because he wanted to know the truth and to not be told lies anymore.

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    3. I think he didn't follow the ghost one, because he may have been frightened by it at first, but second because he got almost all of the answers he wanted at the time and knows what he thinks he should do. I also think that he will want more answers and try to seek the ghost again to get those but he is content after the first meeting with his ghostly father.

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    1. It shows how a basic socialistic society is turning into a communistic Russia.

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  34. How can we compare the parenting styles between Polonius and Claudius/Gertrude based on their decisions ad actions of sending off their sons to school?

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