Why do you think Gertrude was unable to see the ghost of King Hamlet?
because she doesn't need to see him, the ghost is there to speak to hamlet and hamlet only. Gertrude isn't suppose to find out that the ghost came and told hamlet what happened
I feel that the Ghost didn't want her to see him because it would cause more harm then good
I feel like, if the ghost is not just Hamlet's imagination, that he is not having himself be seen by Gertrude because the problem is between him and Hamlet. If Gertrude saw, I feel like it would help Hamlet's cause, but I think it goes back to the idea of the ghost leaving Gertrude out of the whole thing.
I agree with Jeff, Gertrude had so much happen to her in these few hours that if he appeared it would really harm her in the long run.
Throughout this act, we see more of the growing insanity in Hamlet, and even throughout some of the other characters. Do you think Hamlet is now truly going insane, or his he only just following through on his fathers wishes?
I think that that there is so much going on that Hamlet is losing control of the situation and that is making him go a little crazy
I feel as though his quest to appease his father's ghost has led him to legitimately go insane from paranoia and distrust of everyone around him. At the beginning of the story when the ghost initially appeared, he was already on the edge of insanity because of his depression and the recent events pushed him over the edge to the point that he would kill Polonius by accident.
I think that hamlet is going insane from having to do what his father/the Ghost wises him to do, and is having a difficult time dealing with all these issues which is causing him to appear insane.
I don't feel like Hamlet is going to go insane. He is just getting revenge for his fathers death, his mother fooling around with his uncle , and his friends back stabbing him. Who wouldn't want to get revenge?
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At this point I don't think Hamlet trusts anyone. He's lost most relationships in his life and he is starting to realize this.
he trusts really only one person and that is horatio
I think he realizes it and its in the back of his mind which could be making him go insane.
but so far there is no proof that he trusts horatio because he hasn't told him his plan and what he knows of the kings death. I don't think that hamlet trusts Horatio because he is scared of telling him because he doesn't want his secrets of his knowledge getting out.
After the bedroom scene, do you think that Hamlet has finally gone mad? Why or why not?
I think he has, because it seems like so many things have happened and things have gone astray, which is causing hamlet to lose control of the situation and go mad
I think that he has gone mad because everyone is playing him and he doesn't have anyone to trust besides Horatio and the fact of that is driving him crazy.
I think that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern believe they are doing what is best for Hamlet. They are doing it in a way in which they are hurting their friendship however. They are letting the king and queen undermine the trust that they have in each other as friends. I believe that they would not be acting this way and doing the royals bidding if they had seen the ghost of Hamlet's father like Horatio did.
The entire book so far has shown much of Polonius and his sneaky ways of going behind people's backs. Do you think that Polonius deserved to die because of all this sneaking around and influencing everyone, or do you think his death was unjust?
i believe that Polonius might of know or found out about Claudius murderer the king because of his sneaking around and since he has not said anything about it to anyone, he kind of deserved to die, but there is no possible way of proving that he knew about the murder now that he is dead, so it also seems like he didn't deserve it because it can't be proven that he knew
Polonius really was a rat sneaking around and spying on people. I think he become overconfident in his abilities and ideas. He death dose not sup rise me. I want to know how his death will affect Hamlet?
I feel as if Polonius has dificulty dealing with things head-on. If he were alive today, he would probably blog about his problems.
I don't believe that Polonius deserved to be murdered for his meddling in other peoples lives. I think Polonius's nature is defined by being someone who needs to offer his help in situations as well as to protect people he cares for. This I believe is tragic flaw as a character making it his downfall in the end.
Do you think Polonius's death makes hamlet appear more insane? Or do you believe that it has helped him with getting his mother to understand what has/ is happening?
I think Polonius' death definitely adds to how Hamlet's insanity. Watching her son murder someone whom he wasn't even sure of because he was behind the curtain would be very traumatic for her. Then, to add to it, Hamlet starts talking to nothing so that pretty much finalizes Hamlet's insanity to her.
Polonius' death was totally a mistake. Hamlet has become so frustrated that he cannot kill Claudius he acted on pent up range when he killed Polonius. I don't think his death was part of any plan just an unfortunate circumstance.
This absolutely makes Hamlet appear more insane. Any rational person would calmly push the curtains aside and inquire why that person was eavesdropping, not thrust their sword like a madman without knowing who was there
I think it made Hamlet look even more insane, killing a random person is a very insane thing to do.
How will Ophelia react to the news that Hamlet killed Polonius?
She will be very shocked and may want to get a reason for the killing or she will just forget about Hamlet and try to avoid him.
Ophelia is a vary fragile person because her world has made her that way. Her life is run by the men in her life and now her dad is dead and Hamlet has rejected her. She had no one to run her life and I think she will feel like she has so purpose.
Ophelia will probably not have much of a choice as to how she reacts, Laertes will become the primary male in her life, and because of Shakespeare's misogynistic views of women, I can see her being submissive to him and it will be Laertes' responsibility to react and to give Ophelia a reaction.
After the play, conversation with Hamlet, and the murder of Polonius, what do you think is going on with Gertrude's emotional and mental state? How have the recent events affected her, and how will they in the future?
I feel like these event have definitely affected her, and in a bad way. From her conversation with Hamlet, I feel as though Gertrude actually sees the error in her own ways, and this is going to hurt her emotional and mental states. And to add to that, her own son is turning against her, and one of her advisors is murdered.
i think she is rethinking her actions and probably feeling guilty for marrying Claudius after the death of her husband. Hamlet inflicted this thinking by expressing his feelings about her marrying two months after the death of the king and then hamlet went crazy, making it seem that he is going crazy not from Ophelia but because of her. this has to put emotional stress on Gertrude and possibly making her a little mad too
They have made her more uncertain and so she is more on hamlet's side now after she starts to think hamlet is crazy.
I think Gertrude's mental state is highly unstable, because she is coping with her son who is going insane, and having difficulties as being hamlets mother and now his uncles wife she is conflicted on what action to take dealing with her son and his set of issues, and also realizing what effect her actions have made on hamlet.
Polonius deserved it for sure because of his naughty ways, but it was not just. Hamlet was not planing and stabbing Polonius he thought it was his uncle the king. It was not intended or just for him the be killed in that manner.
What do you believe Hamlet's thoughts on suicide after this scene?
I don't think he will commit suicide until the ghost stops visiting him and the ordeal with Claudius is over.
i don't believe Hamlet is thinking about committing suicide because he believes its one of the deadly sins and is he does commit suicide he will be sent to hell. Also, Hamlet truly wants to revenge his father because he feels that he needs to be loyal to his dad since no one else has been since he died
He's not going to do it.He's to focused on killing Claudius.
He'll definitely kill himself after Claudius is dealt with
Does Hamlet fall into the tragic hero category? Does he have a tragic flaw? Why or why not?
I think that Hamlet is for sure in the tragic hero category. His life is a tragedy, and yet it used to be so perfect and great. I feel like his tragic flaw would actually be the ghost and his belief in the ghost. Although this doesn't make much sense, I feel like this adds to Hamlet's downfall.
Do you think Ophelia's reaction to her father being murdered will be similar to the way Hamlet reacted when his father was murdered?
No her reaction will be whatever someone tells her to act, probable her brother.
Yes, she will probably be very upset, but she cannot do anything about it because Shakespeare gives no power to women, oh Shakespeare, you dog.
No because women at this time had no say in what they can do. I feel like she will be mad at Hamlet and never see him again but i don't think she is the revenge type of person.
It won't be the same if she knows how he was murdered. Hamlet did not know he was stabbing Polonius. If she understands that it was not intended for her father she will not go out for revenge. Kings Hamlets death was intended so Hamlet has a reason for revenge.
I think she will be upset and very mad. However, I don't see her taking to great of action because throughout the play she has seemed easily frightened, making her to scared to do any revenging of her father's death
No, she probably will mourn, but also have a sense of relief knowing that she will not be under his watch, and having to worry about tarnishing his name. I think she will disapprove of hamlets actions in a way but also approve in another way.
Ophelia might react, but only if a ghost of her father Polonius comes to her just like King Hamlet's ghost came to Hamlet.
No Shakespeare didn't make her a strong character.Her father was her source of strength, Since he's gone now she's going to break down.
Gertrude has been called out for betraying King Hamlet after his murder, do you think Gertrude will ever support Hamlet in his revenge on Claudius?
I don't think she would ever condone Hamlet murdering anyone, justified or not. I'm sure she would be very upset and scared by the massive amount murder that has been surrounding her thought out the play.
From that scene, I think that Gertrude is actually seeing the error in her ways and she actually sees that what she did was wrong. However, I do not think she will ever support Hamlet or even leave Claudius because it goes back to the role of women in this time. Although Gertrude realizes she has done something wrong, I don't think she will do anything about it because of how women are depicted.
She hasn't realized it yet how bad her move was to marry Claudius but I think that after she figures out that Claudius killed King Hamlet then she might start to switch sides to go with her son and not her second husband.
From earlier scene it is clear that Gertrude was happy with her life with Claudius. I think in the end rather than help Hamlet, the queen will act ignorant and try to return to her happier life. You could argue that Gertrude follows a hero's journey.
I don't see her trying to help Hamlet, since apparently she loves Claudius and she seems to be confused and frightened which says that she doesn't really know whats going on and would be to frightened to do anything
I don't think she would support him with this unless she had actual proof that Claudius definitely killed King Hamlet. I feel like she would just assume that he is going insane, and would not believe that this murder actually happened unless she had some sort of proof.
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Do you think Shakespeare's experiences in life might be reflected in his plays? Do you believe his views on women stem from person mistrust?
Shakespeare lived in a time where women didn't have many roles and were under-respected. Also, women weren't aloud to act, which takes the use of females out of most plays and gave lesser roles to the women that are in his plays.
As Jessie had mentioned in conversations earlier in the book, there is increasingly more evidence that Shakespeare preferred men as to women in his own personal preferences. That personal preference may help influence his distrust of women in his plays. Also, it being the 16th century when the play was written, would lead Shakespeare to be honestly socialized to give them lesser roles.
Hamlet seems to be going truly insane. Do you think that what he is doing is still for what the ghost told him, or is it now only for his own selfish ways due to his insanity?
I think anyone would be insane if their dead father came back as a ghost to give them a task. I think that Hamlet is getting to caught up in this and he's starting to loose his grip on reality.
He's not crazy he's just super paranoid because he knows everyone is spying on him.
His selfish intents and the ghost's instructions have been blended into a great big ball of insanity in Hamlet's brain. Stabbing people on accident, and yelling at his mom. come on, man.
I believe he is using the Ghost's desire to get revenge to justify his own reasons for taking out his revenge. I feel like Hamlet would have found a way to get rid of Claudius regardless of if the ghost had come to him or not. I don't think he ever trusted Claudius after he had married his mother.
Do you think that if Ophelia finds out the Hamlet accidentally killed her father she will forgive Hamlet?
Of course. Ophelia is a weak minded character who needs a males approval. Hamlet could probably word killing her father in someway that she will understand.
No, I do not think she will ever forgive Hamlet for this crime. Her father obviously meant a lot to her and she will continue to morn after she finds out. I'm predicting she will be absolutely furious at Hamlet and use this as a reason to believe he has truly gone mad.
I don't think she will forgive hammy. According to Shakespeare, women are too emotionally frail to get over grief. And also she thinks he's loony.
No i don't think she will because i feel she will keep what her father wanted and that is to not to be around Hamlet or do anything with him so no.
Why did Hamlet hesitate to kill Claudius when he overheard him praying, but was so quick to take action in the next scene when he attempted to kill him, but mistakenly killed Polonius?
I think it is because Hamlet hesitated to kill Claudius before that he killed Polonius so quickly with out determining who was hiding. He regretted his inaction and then acted rashly. He is keeps jumping from one extreme to another.
I think it was all in the time of the two moments because when he stopped from killing Claudius he had time to think that it would be bad and a sin but when he heard Polonius scream for help he had to shut him up and thought it was Claudius so he ran over and stabbed him without thinking.
The reason he didn't kill Claudius when he was praying is because Hamlet though that Claudius was repenting for his sins and so from what Hamlet could see, if he killed Claudius then, Claudius would go straight to heaven. But Hamlet has such a deep hatred for Claudius that he wants him to go straight to hell. So, Hamlet decided to wait to kill Claudius until he is doing some sinful deed that would send him to hell. So, when Hamlet infers that Claudius is eavesdropping on his and Gertrude's conversation, he believes that this sin will send Claudius to hell and so he is able to murder this man whom he believes is Claudius but turns out to be Polonius.
Hamlet didn't want to kill Claudius while he was praying because it was an act that would make his afterlife path head closer to heaven, so he wanted to murder Claudius while he was preforming a sinful act. Then when he murdered Polonius, he thought that it was Claudius spying on them and quickly hoped he could end the situation right then.
It is because he was praying and Hamlet thought that if he had killed him if he was praying he would go to Haven and he doesn't want that.
He wanted to kill Claudius when he was doing something worse. He didn't want to kill him while he was praying, because then he is no better than Claudius. He caught what he thought was Claudius (actually Polonuis) eavesdropping in front of his mother so hamlet was just like "yolo" and killed him.
I think he was so quick to act here because he saw a threat to himself and a way in which he could catch Claudius in a sinful act. The factor of religion plays a great role in how the characters act in this play. They most often let it define how they make every decision in their lives before almost anything else.
Because he wants to kill Claudius when he's in the middle of doing something that he's not supposed to. So he will go to hell. So I guess eavesdropping is that bad ?
I think he hesitated killing Claudius because he kind of choked and started having second thoughts or just wasn't the time to do it in his mind, and when he was conversing with his mother his adrenalin kicked in from the heat of the discussion and just lost control of his emotions and acted out of all the anger he is harboring inside.However there isn't a clear answer to this because we don't completely know what Hamlet's thought processes is in his current state.
He hesitated killing Claudius when he was praying because Hamlet wants Claudius to rot in hell so if he were to kill him while he was praying, that means he's a man of God and would go to heaven. He's waiting for Claudius to be doing some ungodly action. This is why he was so quick to "kill him" in his mother's quarters because he thought Claudius was eavesdropping (which is sinful) but he ended up killing Polonious instead.
Now that Polonius has been murdered by Hamlet, do you think that there is a possibility that Ophelia will still keep contact with hamlet and have the same feelings? or that she will completely cut all ties with him?
Sh will be more likely to cut ties. Before Polonius' death she knew they were over and she can't see Hamlet. Remember Hamlet has been sent off to England. That is a big barrier between the two.
I think that she will probably cut all ties with Hamlet because he has gone completely insane. Also, I think that he truly hates Ophelia for all she has done, so even if she wanted to keep contact, Hamlet would end it.
Hamlet has used Ophelia and forced her to not love him anymore, she has lost many feelings toward Hamlet and feels that he has gone crazy and has disrespected her greatly. Making Ophelia dislike Hamlet and will be frightened to start a relationship with him, scared that this insanity might come back again.
Do you think the ghost has become nothing more than a projection of Hamlet's emotions and thoughts? Do you think there was even a ghost in the first place?
no because in the very start of the book the soldiers saw the ghost so i think that it is real
Someone else told Hamlet about the first ghost, so that must have been real. but the ghost in the bedroom could have been a figment of his imagination
Great point Drew. It could totally be his own imagination due to his father dying, his mother remarrying etc. and he needed an escape and his mind gave him a hallucination for him to cling onto life with.
the ghost is real, we know because their where other people who saw it. As far as the bedroom scene goes the ghost doesn't want to involve Gertrude so he doesn't appear to her.
What do you think is the significance of the ghost appearing to Hamlet in this last scene after being in only a few other scenes in the play? Is this scene especially important?
I think this is a pivotal story point. This is where we, as readers, have to decipher whether or not Hamlet has gone insane. Here, we must also question the existence of the ghost in the first place. The most common argument for the existence of the ghost is that a number of people claimed to have seen it. The modern day equivalent to this would be the thousands of people who claim to have seen aliens, Sasquatch, and the Loch Ness Monster.
I think that the ghost has a great significance in this scene, Hamlet kills polonius on accident and is very upset with his mother. I think Hamlet is looking for guidance and that is why the ghost appears to tell him what to do.
The Ghost specifically told Hamlet not to bring his mother into the situation. This scene is based around Hamlet being aggressive towards his mother, so his father comes back to reprimand him.
It is clear that Hamlet is angry at Ophelia for ending there relationship but does he still love her? And if so how will this affect the future of the play?
Maybe deep down Hamlet still loves her, but I think Hamlet has actually gone truly insane so there is no hope for that relationship anymore.
I don't think he still loves her. If he did, he wouldn't have pulled all that insane manipulation on her.
I think he loves her as much as he can after she has done something so cruel to him. She lets herself be used by others who will compromise her relationship with Hamlet, which isn't something she should have done.
In the bedroom when Hamlet sees the ghost but his mom doesn't, do you think that the ghost is real or is it just Hamlets imagination?
I think that we really cannot be sure of whether or not this ghost is real. Hamlet is becoming such a strange character that now it is possible for the ghost to be a figment of his imagination, however since the ghost has been with Hamlet throughout the story, and it has been seen by other people, it could be real.
Hamlet continues to harbor all his anger, what do you think will happen when he can't harbor his anger any longer? who do you believe will get the short end of the stick when he explodes?
I think his anger, among other things, will contribute to his death eventually
I believe he is real since other people saw the ghost at the guard area at the beginning of the book
Hamlet is taking what the ghost told him extremely seriously. Do you believe that he has taken this too far? Will this lead to his own downfall?
Do you think Shakespeare's plays show how women were treated in his time?
Do you think that Claudius will become suspicious of Hamlet knowing about the murder after the recent events?