Hamlet Act 1 Review
Terms in this set (23)
Son of a murdered Danish king and nephew of present king (Claudius)
Suffers mental anguish over death of his father, marriage of his mother to his uncle (and quite possibly suffers from an Oedipus complex)
Torn by desire to enact revenge and his moral sense of right and wrong
King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle
Becomes king after Hamlet's father's death
Hamlet suspects him of murdering his father
Queen of Denmark; Hamlet's mother and widow of the former king
Her marriage to Claudius so soon after her husband's death causes Hamlet to be emotionally disturbed
Daughter of Polonius
Lost her mother at a very young age (possibly at birth)
She is in love with Hamlet
Driven mad by his rejection of her
Manipulated and emotionally abused by the men in her life (brother, father, Hamlet)
Lord Chamberlain to King Claudius
Hamlet's best friend
Remains loyal to Hamlet throughout the play
Most of the play takes place in Elsinore Castle in Denmark
Some of the action takes place in a graveyard near Elsinore, a plain in Denmark, and a ship bound for England from Denmark
What season is it?
Where are the guards?
Outside of Castle Elsinore
Why are the guards nervous?
They saw a ghost
Why does Horatio attempt to speak with the ghost?
Because he's scholarly
Who is attempting to invade Denmark?
Why is the ghost wearing armor?
He died and is now coming back to Earth to finish unfinished business
Who is the current king?
Why does Claudius send 2 messengers?
Deliver papers to the ruler of Norway
Who asks permission to return to France?
Who gets permission to return to school and who does not?
What does Horatio tell Hamlet?
That the ghost looks like Hamlet's father and he must see it for himself
What relationship do Hamlet and Ophelia have?
What does Laertes say to Ophelia about Hamlet?
His love for her is only temporary because it isn't true love; he wants her to guard her heart
What does Polonius advise Laertes?
How to conduct himself in the world
What does Polonius say to Ophelia about Hamlet?
He is not telling her the truth no matter how sweet he seems to be
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