A Questionnaire on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'

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Question 1 Hamlet Act III, I 57-91conatins the important lines spoke by Hamlet himself. The speech seems to strike a chord with many readers due to its overwhelming philosophical implications. Hamlet is questioning the meaning of existence in this famous soliloquy. His detailed use of metaphor when questioning the darker side of suicide strikes a nerve and gives the character great depth and personality. His confusion and curiosity for the afterlife is painfully felt in the following lines: The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn No traveller returns- puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Question 2 Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet is an interesting character that plays an interesting yet minor role in the plot. She is blessed with great physical beauty but seems to lack a willful mind. She is easily dominated by her brother and her father's wishes and seems to report inaccurate information when questioned. It appears here death is most likely suicidal to her tendency to copy and mimic others. Ophelia appears to be mad in grief when she appears in Act IV scene 5: Indeed, la, without an oath, I'll make an end on't! ] By Gis and by Saint Charity, Alack, and fie for shame! Young men will do't if they come to't By Cock, they are to blame. Quoth she, 'Before you tumbled me, You promis'd me to wed.' He answers 'So would I 'a' done, by yonder sun, An thou hadst not come to my bed.' Question 4 Gertrude

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