Class Agenda #111 – “Hamlet” – Act 3.1 – Hamlet and Ophelia II

Class Agenda #111- Hamlet – Act 3.1 – Hamlet and Ophelia II

Homework- Charles will Check Your OPENING Journal AND HOMEWORK

Opening Circle- Opening Reading I – 

        • SLT- Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
            • nunnery (n.) – convent (The word was sometimes used mockingly to refer to a brothel.)
            • breeder (n.) – an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces
            • cuckolds (n.) – husbands of unfaithful wives
            • calumny (n.) – a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something
              • plague (n.) – any widespread affliction, calamity, or evil, especially one regarded as a direct punishment by God
              • dowry (n.) – the money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage
              • amble (v.) – to move at a slow and easy pace


          Use the space provided to write 2-3 sentences using this vocabulary.

          Reading- Lines 131-162

          Hamlet and Ophelia

          Discussion Questions-

          Why would Hamlet tell Ophelia to go to a nunnery? What subject(s) did he just discuss with her that relate to a nunnery?


          The explanatory note suggests that the word nunnery was sometimes used to refer to a brothel (house of prostitution). How does this alternate meaning impact your understanding of what Hamlet could be saying? How could Hamlet be using both meanings of nunnery in this context?

          What new reason for Ophelia needing a nunnery does Hamlet introduce in lines 131–132? What evidence does Hamlet use to support this reason?

          Of what things does Hamlet accuse himself?

          What is the impact of lines 154–158 on Hamlet’s tone toward Ophelia or women in general? Cite specific words and phrases to demonstrate his tone.

          Review Laertes

          What advice did Laertes give Ophelia regarding Hamlet?

          What reasons does he give for this advice?

          Consider the idea that both men are raising here. Which of Laertes’s lines echo Hamlet’s?

          How does Ophelia respond to Laertes’s advice? How does this relate to her response to Hamlet’s accusations? Consider both what she says and how she says it.


          How does Shakespeare develop Ophelia’s character through her interactions with Laertes and Hamlet?


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