O! this is the poison of deep grief; it springs
All from her father’s death. O Gertrude, Gertrude!
When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions. First, her father slain;
Next, your son gone; but he most violent author
Of his own just remove: the people muddied,
Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers,
For good Polonius’ death; and we have done but greenly,
In hugger-mugger to inter him: poor Ophelia
Divided from herself and her fair judgment,
Without the which we are pictures, or mere beasts
How does the excerpt reveal character development?
Claudius exhibits sincere mourning for his friend Polonius.
Claudius exhibits sensitivity toward Ophelia and regret for his actions.
Claudius shows his resolve to help Ophelia by suggesting medical attention.
Claudius shows his regret for previous behavior by seeking forgiveness.
She becomes less tolerant of young people’s behavior.
She becomes more romantic about her husband.
She becomes less confident in her assertions.
She becomes more interested in politics
There’s tricks i’ the world; and hems, and beats her heart;
Spurns enviously at straws; speaks things in doubt,
That carry but half sense: her speech is nothing . . .
Horatio: ‘Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
Gertrude: Let her come in. Exit Gentleman.
To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is,
Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss:
So full of artless jealousy is guilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.
How does Gertrude’s reaction advance the plot of the play?
by introducing her maternal kindness toward Ophelia
by resolving readers’ concerns about Ophelia’s madness
by reaching a height of conflict as Gertrude decides to punish Ophelia
by suggesting that Ophelia’s madness is a sign of greater troubles
Ophelia and Hamlet’s flirtations
Hamlet’s and Laertes’s accusations
Laertes’s and Hamlet’s departures from Denmark
Claudius and Laertes’s discussions about revenge
Larded with ‘sweet flower;
Which bewept to the grave did go
With true-love showers.
Claudius: How do you, pretty lady?
Ophelia: Well, God ‘ild you! They say the owl was a baker’s daughter. Lord! we know what we are, but know not what we may be. God be at your table!
Which words describe Ophelia in the excerpt? Check all that apply.
King Hamlet’s ghostly visit
Hamlet’s theatrical production
Polonius’s violent death
Claudius’s scheming against Hamlet
to establish Hamlet’s humility in defeat
to establish Hamlet’s preoccupation with revenge
to establish Horatio’s steadfast loyalty to Hamlet
to establish Horatio’s cunning motives