Class Agenda #112 – “Hamlet” – Act 3.1 – Hamlet and Ophelia III

Class Agenda #112- Hamlet – Act 3.1 – Hamlet and Ophelia III

Homework- Charles will Check Your OPENING Journal AND HOMEWORK

Opening Circle- Group Juggle

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).
        •  Song- “Good Day” – Ice Cube (4:20, 1992)
            • deject (adj.) – dejected, made gloomy
            • wretched (adj.) – very unhappy, ill, etc.
            • blown (adj.) – archaic for in bloom, vigorous, fresh
            • ecstasy (n.) – archaic for madness
            • melancholy (n.) – a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression
            • neglected (adj.) – given little attention or respect
            • tribute (n.) – a stated sum or other valuable consideration paid by one sovereign or state in acknowledgement of subjugation or as the price of peace, security, protection, or the like
            • expel (v.) – to drive or force out or away
            • origin (n.) – the point or place where something begins or is created; the source or cause of
            • something
            • commencement (n.) – beginning, start
            • entreat (v.) – to beg
            • confine (v.) – to shut or keep in
            • Use the space provided to write 2-3 sentences using this vocabulary.



          Part II- Lines 163-175 in Hamlet. Think about what happened. Hamlet and Ophelia broke up. Hamlet realized he was being watched.



          O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!

          The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue, sword,

          Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,

          The glass of fashion and the mold of form,

          Th’ observed of all observers, quite, quite down!

          And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,

          That sucked the honey of his musicked vows,

          Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,

          Like sweet bells jangled, out of time and harsh;

          That unmatched form and stature of blown youth

          Blasted with ecstasy. O, woe is me

          T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!


          Discussion Questions-

          The passage begins, “O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!” (line 163). What parts of this sentence and the word itself can help you make meaning of the word o’erthrown?



          What images does Ophelia use to describe Hamlet in lines 166–168? What is the cumulative impact of these images on her tone towards Hamlet?

          What words does Ophelia use to describe herself in line 169? What is the meaning or connotation (feeling) of these words?

          What does Ophelia mean by the phrase “And I…sucked the honey of his musicked vows” (lines 169– 170)? How does this line relate to the accusations Hamlet made in the lines just before this monologue?

          What extended metaphor does Ophelia create in lines 170–172? How does the metaphor impact the development of Hamlet’s character?

          The footnote on “blown” states that it is a word used to describe flowers in bloom. The explanatory notes on “ecstasy” defines it as madness. Using these explanatory notes, paraphrase lines 173–174.

          How does this metaphor compare to the imagery in the rest of the monologue?

          Final Question- What does Ophelia’s characterization of Hamlet suggest about her perspective on Hamlet?




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




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