Sunday, November 25, 2012

Response Act Five Cameron

You can see that Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's tragedies because almost everyone dies. I was surprised that all of the suspense from the last four acts ended like this. I assumed that Hamlet and Claudius would die; I didn't expect everyone to be killed in this attempted murder.

Response to Act four Cameron

I am fascinated how the play is finally reaching its turning point. To me, the play is suspenseful. I'm very curious to find out the end. Honestly, I'm ready for it to end. I also want to know what the letters hold.

Response Act three Cameron

I find this to be ironic. The murder of Polonious was not on purpose, it was accidental. I think that because Hamlet believes he is condemned religiously, he'll let go of the morals he does have, and continue to do bad things.

Response to Act Two Cameron

I think act two was much harder to interpret than act one. I tried to focus on the language and got lost in translation. Once I finally got the gist of it, I began to feel like act two was much better than act one.

Personal Response Act One Cameron

I think hamlet is over dramatic and beats around the bush when he talks about his attitudes towards people. He's not very direct. So far, I like the play compared to other Shakespearian plays.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Act 5 Language (Ashton Jones)

1. Argal- Indicates a reasoning as to why they did what they did to themselves or something. This word is a pronounciation of the latin word ergo. This word ties in to the script because its an old english word that was used very often through out these old writings and plays made.

2.Quiddity- Is the essential nature of a thing. They used this word a lot to help describe why a person would
do such a thing and thats by their nature. The words tone is very catchy and is used in this play to help the
people of that era understand that the reason this person did that thing is because it was their human or
personal nature.      

3. Sirrah- is how they adress inferiors or children to express impatience.This was a word typically used to catch a persons attention in a very respectable way. They used this word in the old english because it would help them gain the attention of a person.

4. Gibes- to utter mocking or scoffing words.They used this word to ask why people were mocking them and why they were doing such a thing. This word was only common in the era of when they spoke old english.

5. Maim- To lose a limb or feeling due to a wound from something. This was a common word used in shakespeares time because a lot of people have had injuries to where they couldnt use one of their body parts. The word had a lot of meaning to soldiers in battle or people that have fought with swords a lot.

Act Five Symbols/Allusions: Cameron Ginger Daddy

1) The cup: 
The cup represents the King's union with his land which leads him to damnation, this was also an issue for the late King Hamlet but he didn't know it. In this case King Claudius knows that the only way to spare his soul is to give up the land but instead he chooses damnation.

2)Yorick's skull: 

In the first scene when Horatio and Hamlet walk up on some gravediggers Hamlet asks about a skull that one of the gravediggers had pulled from the ground. The skull belonged to Yorick, the late King Hamlet's jester who Hamlet had a personal connection too. After seeing the skull Hamlet begins to ponder life after death and how even the greatest men throughout time such as Alexander the great become no more than dirt. The skull represents death and therefore Hamlet's confrontation with death.

3)Sir James Hales: 

In act V scene I Shakespeare alludes to Sir James Hale a Justice of the Common Pleas.