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Department
English
Course
ENGB32
Professor
Majorie Rubright
Semester
Winter

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Shakespeare Final Lecture: April 4 th Leviticus “And if a man shall lie with his brother’s wife, it is an Unclean thing, he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; They shall be childless” *Leviticus 20-21] Questions to consider today: 1. What is the difference between doing and performing? 2. Why can Hamlet in the early scenes ‘perform’ but not “do”-not murder or, revenge? Act 3.2 (Know it all well) 3. Why does hamlet arrange the elaborate strategy of the mousetrap to terrify the king with “false fire” ? (3.2) 4. In the Mousetrap scene, what does Gertrude believe, know, or suspect? Offer evidence Act 3.4 (know it all well) 5. What are some of the preconceptions about women that hamlet reveals in the scene 3.4 and how do these preconceptions make it difficult for him to believe that his mother has chosen Claudius in love? 6. Who sees the ghost in the production? a. What does the camera suggest about Hamlet’s ghost? b. Whose perspective do we believe? 7. Gertrude talks back: a contrapuntal reading of Hamlet  When you go to confess sins, your conscience must match your prayer or it won’t work Questions to consider in conversation today: 1) What is the diff b/w doing and performing? 2) Why can hamlet in the early scenes “perform” but not “do” – not murder or revenge? Act 3.2 (know it well) 3) Why does hamlet arrange the elaborate strategy of The mousetrap to terrify the king with “false fire”? (3.2) 4) In the Mousetrap scene, what does Gertrude believe, know, or suspect? Offer evidence Act 3.4 (know it all well) 5) What are some of the preconceptions about women that hamlet reveals in scene 3.4 and how do these preconceptions make it difficult for him to believe that his mother has chosen Claudius in love? 6) Who sees the ghost in this production? a. What does the camera suggest about hamlet’s ghost? b. Whose perspective do we believe? 7) Gertrude talks back: a contrapuntal reading of Hamlet Lecture: Metatheatricality: plays talking about theatre Act 2, scene 1: Dumb show (no words) Appearance of the ghost: sort of dumb show (Actors say speak speak, ghost walks away) Act 2, scene 1 ln 74-101: Ophelia  report of hamlet’s side struck dumb with his own grief… Act 2, scene 2: Series of reports about hamlets transformation Claudius and Gertrude have called hamlet’s school friends to see if they can find out his aches “transformation” word used over and over again Colonius: discovered reason for hamlets lunacy (derived from luna…moon…reason connected b/c ever changing and inconsistent/ unstable…lunatic= unstable) Language in the play “will is not his own”  How does language create madness? Ophelia’s sexual rejection is what has driven hamlet mad. People accept this as a reason. False. Hamlet’s thoughts  paralyzed to act (being and seeming/ action and thinking)  Thinking and acting often disjointed in this play (for hamlet frustratingly unconnected)  His to be or not to be speech “the native hue of resolution is sickly over pale face of thought woos main action…” o There is action and hamlet plots (action is to stage play) o This play seems but a play but the art of it is that it tells a story of a bro killing a bro to marry the que
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