ENG 4U 2011: A Method to his Madness?

In the second half of today’s class, we will work together to examine the nature of tragedy. In the first half, you will work with your table to read Act IV scenes i-iii. These scenes are very short. I’ve provided you with a guiding question for each scene; work together to provide detail responses to the questions.

  1. In scene i, Claudius learns that Hamlet has killed Polonius. How does the line  “It had been so with us, had we been there” indicate his cowardice?
  2. In scene ii, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern ask Hamlet where he has stored Polonius’ body. Be prepared to explain what Hamlet means when he calls Rosencrantz a sponge.
  3. In scene iii, Claudius twice asks Hamlet where Polonius is. Be prepared to paraphrase Hamlet’s responses.

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