In what ways is Scene 2 a contrast to Scene 1?

In what ways is Scene 2 a contrast to Scene 1?

Scene two also differs from the first scene in that the focus is on Hamlet, who is distraught about his father’s death and his mother’s quick betrothal to his uncle who now occupies the throne. The focus in scene one is on a spirit which we discover later, is the ghost of young Hamlet’s father.

What does Hamlet reveal in his soliloquy found at the end of Act 2?

In the end of Act II, Hamlet reveals his plan for testing Claudius’s guilt. Shakespeare believes that an acting scene may create emotion to the audience, therefore Claudius may react in a way that proves it was him.

What is the central theme of Hamlet?

The Mystery of Death And, since death is both the cause and the consequence of revenge, it is intimately tied to the theme of revenge and justice—Claudius’s murder of King Hamlet initiates Hamlet’s quest for revenge, and Claudius’s death is the end of that quest.

What are the origins of Hamlet’s madness how does that illuminate Shakespeare’s theme?

Hamlet and Ophelia both display symptoms of madness, but each become mad for different reasons. Hamlet’s madness is fueled by his father’s death and his desire to seek revenge on the man who killed him. Ophelia’s madness stems from her lack of identity and her feelings of helplessness regarding her own life.

What are the two major themes of Hamlet?

6 Major Themes in Hamlet

  • The theme of revenge in Hamlet. There are two young men bent on avenging their father’s death in this play.
  • The theme of corruption. Corruption is a major concern in this play.
  • The theme of religion.
  • The Hamlet theme of politics.
  • The theme of appearance and reality.
  • The theme of women.

What scene is to be or not to be?

nunnery scene

Who is Hamlet talking to in To Be or Not To Be?

Polonius hears Hamlet coming, and he and the king hide. Hamlet enters, speaking thoughtfully and agonizingly to himself about the question of whether to commit suicide to end the pain of experience: “To be, or not to be: that is the question” (III. i. 58).

What happens before the To Be or Not To Be soliloquy?

The famous fourth soliloquy of the play is preceded by Hamlet’s resolve to let the the action of the play, which will mimic the real actions of King Claudius, elicit a reaction from him that will then reveal the truth about King Hamlet’s death.

Who builds stronger than a mason a shipwright or a carpenter?


Original Text Modern Text
OTHER “Who builds stronger than a mason, a shipwright, or a carpenter?” OTHER Let’s see, “Who builds stronger things than a stonemason, a shipbuilder, or a carpenter?”
GRAVEDIGGER Ay, tell me that, and unyoke. GRAVEDIGGER That’s the question, so answer it.

Why may not be the skull of a lawyer?

Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? Where be his quiddities now, his quillities, his cases, his tenures, and his tricks? Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel and will not tell him of his action of battery? Hum!

Who said Alas poor Yorick?


Why does Shakespeare hold a skull?

Why does Shakespeare have a skull? In the Hamlet skull scene, William Shakespeare implements Yorick’s skull as a dramatic instrument. It represents the theme of “memento mori” and forms the dramatic basis of the play. Using the skull, Shakespeare portrays the futility of life and inevitability of death symbolically.