Students' Choices of Scenes
from Hamlet to Analyze


Linked analytical passages are underlined.
Just click on the line to see what the student had to say about the passage.


Students in Mr. Kendall's 99-2000 classes:
In addition to the passages listed as "available" below (the analyses were lost in the shuffle of the blizzard last January), you may take another part of a longer passage, or ask for a whole new section. Choose about 20 to 30 lines, and either paraphrase it line by line, or write a paragraph or two, analyzing the passage as a whole. Go back to the main Hamlet web page and click under the appropriate "Act" under "text of the play." Then you can copy and paste Shakespeare's exact lines, without having to re-type them. Read through three or four of the samples below, and you'll see the different approaches. Just e-mail me (jkendall@ifu.net)when you have a choice, and I'll add your initials to that section.

I have also received analyses from the following, which were either handwritten or having technical difficulties: K.C., M.T., and C.T..

Act

Scene

Line #'s

Phrase

Student






I

1

1-62

First encounter with ghost

A.P. '00

I

2

1-38

Claudius' opening speech

L.M. '01

I

2

133-164

"too, too sullied flesh would melt" soliloquy

J.B. '01

I

3

107-145

Polonius' cross-examine of Ophelia

R.A. '01

I

5

14-48

First part of Hamlet Sr.'s Ghost's explanation to H.

J.B.S. '01

I

5

49-98

Second part of Hamlet Sr.'s Ghost's explanation to H.

J.D. '01

I

5

99-150

First part of Hamlet's reaction to the Ghost's news

M.K. '01

I

5

151-212

Second part of Hamlet's reaction to the Ghost's news

I.K. '01






II

1

85-112

Oph's description of H's visit to her room

R.B. '01

II

2

92-160

Pol. explanation to Cl. & G. of H's being "lovesick"

Available for 99-2000

II

2

186-237

H's "fishmonger" dialogue w. Pol.

D.A. '01

II

2

240-272

1st part of H to R. & G. "Denmark's a prison"

R.S. '01

II

2

273-305

2nd part of H to R. & G. "a king of infinite space"

J.T. '01

II

2

576-607

1st part of H "o, what a rogue and peasant slave"

S.G. '01

II

2

607-634

2nd part of H "o, what a rogue and peasant slave"

K.C. '01

II

2

316-334

3rd part of H to R. & G."I have of late . . . lost all my mirth"

A.S. '00






III

1

64-98

"To be or not to be:

L.L. '00

III

1

97-142-161

1st part, H & Oph, "Get thee to a nunnery"

J.A.S. '01

III

1

second look at characters

2nd part, H & Oph, "Get thee to a nunnery"

A.H.B. '01

III

1

176-189

"Love? His affections do not in that way tend"

H.S. '00

III

2

1-37

H's advice to the players: "Speak the speech, I pray you"

Available for 99-2000

III

2

115-125, 312-314

before the mousetrap with Ophelia

S.C. '00

III

2

115-175, 269-279

Hamlet & Ophelia at mousetrap

A.H. '00

III

2

225-262

play within play

J.G. '00

III

2

380-402

the recorder scene w. R. & G.

T.L. '01

III

3

40-60

Claudius: "O my offense is rank"

N.K. '00

III

3

77-100

H. thinking of killing Cl. at prayer

J.M. '00

III

4

9-24

1st part of Hamlet's confrontation with Gertrude

K.C. '00

III

4

126-155

Ghost interrupts Hamlet's confrontation w. Gertrude

N.D. '01

III

4

25-?

2nd part of Hamlet's confrontation with Gertrude (several sub-divisions possible, if 2 or more are interested)

M.T. '01

III

4

178-201

"Go not to mine uncle's bed"

F.H. '00

IV

2
3

5-30
19-40

Ros. & Guil. ask H about Pol. ("sponge")
Cl. cross-x of H about Pol.

Available for 99-2000

IV

4

1-40

1st part, H. seeing Fortibras traveling to Poland "how all occasions do inform against me"

T.D. '01

IV

4

49-69

2nd part, Hamlet watching Fortinbras's army

C.S. '00

IV

5

26-78

Oph's mad scene w. Ger. and Hor.

Available for 99-2000

IV

5

80-125

Cl. responds to Oph. "When sorrows come . . . they come in battalions"

Available for 99-2000

IV

5

126-175

Laertes confronts Cl.

I.G. '01

IV

6

9-33

Hor. reads H.'s letter from the ship

K.B. '01

IV

7

1-185

Cl. persuades Laertes to plot w. him against H. (2 or 3 sections possible)

Available for 99-2000

IV

7

187-208

Ophelia's drowning

P.H. '00

V

1

1-62

the two gravediggers

K.D. '01

V

1

67-119

H. and Hor. discuss the gravediggers

Available for 99-2000

V

1

120-177

1st part, H. talks with the gravedigger

Available for 99-2000

V

1

178-190, 200-210

2nd part, H. talks with the gravedigger: "Alas, poor Yorick...no faith, not a jot"

K.H. '00

V

2

1-69

H. explains to Hor. how he escaped

Available for 99-2000

V

2

209-238

Hor. warns H. not to duel "the fall of a sparrow"

Available for 99-2000

V

2

240-258

H. apologizes to Laertes before duel

Available for 99-2000

V

2

365-399

H. dying in Hor's arms

M.J. '00


Character

or other

Focus

Student

Horatio and H's friendship

R.M. '01

Ophelia

R.B. '01

Branagh's movie version

R.M. '01

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