ENG 4U 2013: To Be or Not To Be

This image of John Barrymore as Hamlet is from Wikipedia, and is in the public domain.
This image of John Barrymore as Hamlet is from Wikipedia, and is in the public domain.

I will return momentarily, Grade Twelves. In the meantime, please do the following:

  • Read the first 55 lines of Act III Scene i in your groups. Note that  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were unable to find the root cause of Hamlet’s melancholy; remember, too, that Polonius and Claudius have decided to use Ophelia as bait for Hamlet, hoping that Hamlet’s response to the  “bait” might bring them closer to understanding Hamlet’s madness:
  • Read Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy, lines 56 to 90, on your own. In a single paragraph, please explain Hamlet’s state of mind; be sure to make specific references to at least three lines from the soliloquy. These ideas might help you:
    • Hamlet’s indecisiveness (he seems to be going back and forth)
    • The connection between sleep and death
    • His concerns about the afterlife
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