Hamlet - Act 2 Scene 1

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  • Hamlet - Act 2 Scene 1
    • "Inquire me first what Danskers are in Paris"
      • Polonius is spying on his son
        • Appears manipulative and irrational
      • The scene interrupts the action of the play, delaying Hamlets actions further
      • Distrust - father and son relationships
        • The politics extend into the family
    • "Ay, or drinking, fencing, swearing, quarrelling, drabbing - you may go so far"
      • The normality and expected actions of men
        • Double standard
    • The scene underlines the sense of double standard of expectations for men and women
      • Polonius presnts a double standard for Laertes and Ophelia
    • "By indirections find directions out"
      • Reflects Hamlets indirect acts of revenge
      • Truth is found through surveillance
    • "Pale as his shirt, he knees knocking eachother... loosed out of hell"
      • Hamlet's state ironically looks like he has seen a ghost reference to supernatural
      • Shows Hamlet as mad from courtly love
        • Chosing a woman out of his league
      • Polonius appears to be a fool as he dismisses the ghostly indicators, and leaves it up to love
    • "And with his other hand thus o'er his brow"
      • A mockery of a lovers goodbye
        • Tragic
      • Dramatic - smoke screen around his behaviour?
    • "I did repel his letters, and denied his access to me"
      • Reflection is reminiscient of courtly love
      • Demanded too by Polonius
        • "What, have you given him any hard words of late?"
    • "Come, go we to the King. This must be known, which being kept close, might move more grief to hide than hate to utter love. Come."
      • Regret after the fact - Polonius has his own sense of delay in guilt
    • "beshrew my jealousy "
      • Fears for Hamlet


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