Hamlet, Part 5: Characteristics Of Elizabethan Drama

20 August 2022
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Claudius:Have you heard the argument? Is there no offence in 't? Hamlet:No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest; no offence i' the world. Claudius:What do you call the play? Hamlet:The Mouse-trap. Marry, how? Tropically. This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna: Gonzago is the duke's name; his wife, Baptista. You shall see anon; 'tis a knavish piece of work: but what of that? your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not: let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung. Hamlet's character is complex in the excerpt because he is unable to explain the play. his actions symbolize cruelty. he conceals his true motivation. his play provides a spiritual lesson.
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he conceals his true motivation.
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Hamlet: Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it, as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus; but use all gently: for in the very torrent, tempest, andโ€”as I may sayโ€”whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance, that may give it smoothness. O! it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise: I would have such a fellow whipped for o'er-doing Termagant; it out-herods Herod: pray you, avoid it. What Elizabethan idea does Hamlet address in the excerpt? the exploration of spiritual concepts the representation of human experiences the construction of permanent theater houses the presentation of political commentary
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the representation of human experiences
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Shakespeare's Hamlet is an example of Elizabethan drama because complex characters explore human experiences. Biblical characters teach lessons. unchanging characters represent abstract ideas. the lives of saints reveal miraculous events.
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complex characters explore human experiences.
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Rosencrantz:Never alone Did the king sigh, but with a general groan. Claudius:Arm you, I pray you, to this speedy voyage; For we will fetters put upon this fear, Which now goes too free-footed. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern:We will haste us. What word(s) from the excerpt suggest that Claudius plans to control Hamlet? general groan speedy voyage fetters haste
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fetters
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Ophelia:What means this, my lord? Hamlet:Marry, this is miching mallecho; it means mischief. Ophelia:Belike this show imports the argument of the play. Enter Prologue. Hamlet:We shall know by this fellow: the players cannot keep counsel; they'll tell all. Ophelia:Will he tell us what this show meant? Hamlet:Ay, or any show that you'll show him; be not you ashamed to show, he'll not shame to tell you what it means. Ophelia:You are naught, you are naught. I'll mark the play. What word from the excerpt suggests that Hamlet has hidden motives in showing the play? mischief argument counsel naught
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Mischief
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Which statement best describes why King Claudius is a complex character in Act III of Hamlet? He expresses regret for his previous behaviors. He is a human representation of greed. He reminds the audience of the need for prayer. He symbolizes England's monarchy.
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He expresses regret for his previous behaviors.
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Hamlet: O God, your only jig-maker. What should a man do but be merry? for, look you, how cheerfully my mother looks, and my father died within's two hours. Ophelia: Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord. Hamlet: So long? Nay, then, let the devil wear black, for I'll have a suit of sables. O heavens! die two months ago, and not forgotten yet? Then there's hope a great man's memory may outlive his life half a year; but, by 'r lady, he must build churches then, or else shall he suffer not thinking on, with the hobby-horse, whose epitaph is, 'For, O! for, O! the hobby-horse is forgot.' How does the excerpt exemplify Elizabethan drama? by exploring human emotions by referencing Biblical concepts by addressing political policies by praising the lives of saints
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by exploring human emotions
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Rosencrantz:The cease of majesty Dies not alone, but, like a gulf doth draw What's near it with it; it is a massy wheel, Fix'd on the summit of the highest mount, To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Are mortis'd and adjoin'd; which, when it falls, Each small annexment, petty consequence, Attends the boisterous ruin. Never alone Did the king sigh, but with a general groan. Which statement best explains how the excerpt exemplifies Elizabethan drama? The lives of saints are celebrated. Political power is discussed. Rosencrantz tells a Biblical story. Rosencrantz recalls the details of his life.
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Political power is discussed.
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Which statement best describes why Shakespeare's Hamlet is a complex character? His behavior represents the emotion of grief. He expresses a singular desire for revenge. He imparts to the audience a moral lesson about forgiveness. His actions and emotions are varied and unpredictable.
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His actions and emotions are varied and unpredictable.
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Read the excerpt from Act III of Hamlet. Hamlet:Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent;When he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, Or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed, At gaming, swearing, or about some act That has no relish of salvation in 't; Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven, And that his soul may be as damn'd and black As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays: This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. This excerpt best supports the claim that Hamlet plans to kill his mother. disapproves of immoral acts. questions Claudius's religious beliefs. hopes to maximize Claudius's suffering.
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hopes to maximize Claudius's suffering.