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How does the ghost appear?

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please answer the following questions about the play hamlet by William ShakespeareI am including below some description/summary of scenes in the first half of Hamlet and pointing out sections that deserve especially close attention. I would like each of you to post a reply in this discussion that offers some thoughtful response to the first 3 acts. You can record it or type it, whichever you prefer.Act 1, Scene 1 Notice that the ghost appears in full armor. Horatio also gives us some important background on the political situation between Norway and Denmark.1.2 Lots of important stuff here, including introducing Hamlet and his first conversation with Horatio. Notice that Hamlet, Horatio, and Laertes are all students (though not all at the same school). Claudius’ initial monologue also focuses on Fortinbras and Norway. Gertrude’s first interactions with Claudius and Hamlet. Hamlet’s “that within which passes show.”1.3 Polonius’ famous advice to to Laertes: “neither a borrower nor a lender blah blah blah.” Why does Polonius want Ophelia to break things off with Hamlet?1.4 and 1.5 Hamlet and the Ghost. This is a good scene to try to visualize on an early modern stage. How would the characters have moved around?2.1 What is Polonius sending Renaldo to do? First mention of Hamlet going mad.2.2 Why has Claudius summoned Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Ambassador’s return from Norway. Polonius talks of Hamlet’s lunacy. Polonius’ plan to spy, his interaction with Hamlet. How does Hamlet treat him, what about everyone else? Polonius introduces the players, they deliver some interesting speeches, and Hamlet has some interesting and important reactions to their delivery. “The play’s the thing.”3.1 To be or not to be, who’s on stage, how much to they hear? Hamlet treats Ophelia like shit. Plans to ship Hamlet off to England.3.2 Speak the speech. Hamlet’s advice to the players. Polonius played in Julius Caesar. The dumb show, “the Mouse Trap” (a play within a play).3.3 WHY DOESN’T HAMLET DO IT???3.4 Gertrude’s closet (bedroom). Pay attention to her interaction with Hamlet. What sense do we get of each character and of what they think about each other? How does the Ghost appear? Polonius is dead, and Hamlet will be sent to England with some sealed letters.3.5 and 3.6 Catching Hamlet and sending him away.

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