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                              The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

                         Commentary extracts--in order of appearance in play

selection         Act, scene, line, pages in McD L edition

A1. Hamlet I, ii, 77-117, pp. 25-27 = Hamlet responding to mother on grief; Claudius lecturing.
(40 lines)

B2. Hamlet I, ii, 129-159, pp. 29-31 = "O that this too, too sullied flesh would melt … ." (soliloquy of
(30 lines)

C3. Hamlet I, v, 75-113, pp. 59-61 = Ghost and Hamlet
(38 lines)

D4. Hamlet II, ii, 161-219, pp. 89-93 = Polonius sounding out Hamlet
(58 lines)

E5. Hamlet II, ii, 558-614, pp. 115-117 = "O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!" (soliloquy of Hamlet)
(56 lines)

F6. Hamlet III, i, 57-91, pp. 123-125 = "To be, or not to be—that is the question … ." (soliloquy of
(34 lines)

G7. Hamlet III, i, 112-153, pp. 127-129 = "Ay, truly … To a nunnery, go"; Hamlet and Ophelia
(41 lines)

H8. Hamlet III, i, 154-192, pp. 129-131 = After Hamlet's observed conversation with Ophelia, she, King,
Polonius discuss next steps
(38 lines)

I9. Hamlet III, ii, 108-148, pp. 139-143 = Hamlet and Ophelia prior to players
(40 lines)

J10. Hamlet III, iii, 36-72, pp. 165-167 = "O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven … ." (soliloquy of
(36 lines) (overlap with below)

K11. Hamlet III, iii, 52-95, pp. 165-167 = Hamlet finds Claudius praying.
(43 lines) (overlap with above)

L12. Hamlet III, iv, 40-78, pp. 173-175 = Hamlet confronting mother
(38 lines)

M13. Hamlet IV, iv, 34-68, pp. 201-203 = "How all occasions do inform against me … ." (soliloquy of
(34 lines)

N14. Hamlet IV, v, 154-219, pp. 215-219 = Claudius assuaging Laertes; Ophelia nuts
(65 lines)

O15. Hamlet V, i, 246-285, pp. 255-259 = Grave scene: Ophelia's burial
(39 lines)

tls\June 16, 1431
                                 Hamlet extracts listing s

Hamlet Response

To complete your study of Hamlet, you will prepare a response that expresses your
academic, personal, and philosophical perceptions of the play.

Begin by locating a passage that strikes you as important, profound, or thought-
provoking. (See list.)

Your response will explore this extract in four ways; thus, it will consist of an
introduction, two development sections, and a conclusion, as follows:

In the introductory section, reproduce (quote) the passage and place it in
the context of the play.
Cite the act, scene, and line numbers. Identify the speaker and explain the situation that
prompts these lines. Discuss what this follows and what it precedes.

In the first development section, discuss the meaning and significance of
the extract.
It might represent a turning point in one of the important conflicts, or it might embody
one of the play’s themes. Consider what changes in the play as a result of this extract.
The extract might reveal something important about a character that has a bearing on the
outcome of the play. Perhaps the extract is a microcosm of what Hamlet is all about.

In the second development section, explain why the selection is important
to you.
Do you relate to the speaker of this selection? If so, explain ideas from this selection that
you share with the character. If not, explain what drew you to this selection. What
personal experiences can you connect with the ideas expressed in the selection? How do
you relate to the situation revealed in the selection?

In the conclusion section, suggest why this piece of the play is important
to today’s world.
What is the philosophical perspective of this piece of the play? How do(es) the idea(s) in
this piece of the play relate to a current social issue or event? What universal truth does
this piece of the play contain, and why is this important?

tls\June 16, 1431

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