Second Norton Critical Edition

This assignment is based on the novel Hamlet: Second Norton Critical Edition by William Shakespeare and edited by Robert S. Miola. I have attached a PDF file of the reading. In the PDF there is Act 1 (scenes 1-5) and act 1, (scene 1) only. Play close attention to when one scene starts and ends so that you know exactly where you are, and this will make the citing accurate. When it comes to citing…

*** Your response must incorporate direct evidence from the text, formatted in MLA style. When citing from Hamlet, list ACT, SCENE, and LINE(s), separated by periods, enclosed in parentheses (page numbers not included), at close of quoted sentence. Example: In stating “Frailty, thy name is woman,” Hamlet emphasizes his anger and disgust with his mother over her hasty marriage to his father’s brother (I. 2.146).****

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I will list 3 question options for you to choose from. Please pick the one you feel the most comfortable with and that you are confident you can write the absolute best on, properly written. After reading the full PDF and exploring the 3 options, select one of the following three options and respond in TWO DEVELOPED PARAGRAPHS. MAKE SURE TO BACK UP your statements with specific evidence (quotes) from the text and follow with thorough analysis. The response must be VERY proper written with heavy analysis. It must be university level writing.


Option 1) a. In Act I, scene 5, what moral dilemmas does Hamlet face after speaking with the Ghost and what does he decide to do? b. In Act II, scene 2, why has he delayed in taking the revenge demanded by the Ghost on King Claudius and how does he feel about his delay of revenge? c. So far in our reading, what main character traits about Hamlet are being revealed? How are they shown? *Tip: Hamlet’s soliloquies In Act 1, scene 2 (lines 129-159, beginning, “Oh, that this, too, too solid…”) and in Act II, scene 2 (lines 470-526, beginning, “Ay, so good-bye to you…”) offer much insight into his inner character.

Option 2) a. In Act 1 scene 3, why are Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, and father, Polonius, so insistent that she end ties with Hamlet? What main argument do they provide to convince her? What do Ophelia’s reactions in this scene reveal about her position in this family? b. In Act 2, scene 1, Ophelia recounts a disturbing experience about Hamlet to her father, and Polonius swiftly shifts his views about their relationship. What does the later exchange in scene 2 between Polonius, Claudius, and Gertrude further reveal about Ophelia’s position in this society and what’s expected of her? Do you think her position allows for any option to not go along with their plans?

Option 3) In Act II, scene 1, what main character traits are being revealed about Polonius’ through his conversation with Reynaldo regarding Polonius’ son, Laertes? Later in this scene, why might Polonius shift his views abruptly on his daughter’s relationship with Hamlet? Might he have an ulterior motive? b. In scene 2, what does the brief exchange of dialogue between Polonius and Hamlet reveal about the power dynamic in their conversation? Who seems to be “in control” here: Polonius or Hamlet,” and why? (Act II, scene 2, lines 170-213, beginning “How does my good Lord Hamlet?)

Please read the full pdf first with all the scenes before choosing with option to tackle. Make sure that whatever option you choose, ALL ASPECTS OF IT ARE THOROUGHLY ANSWERED (There is a A, B, C… in all options..)

Please use GOOD quotes to back up your words and make sure there is a strong analysis and that it is written in a scholarly way. CITE THE QUOTES ACCORDINGLY AS EXPLAINED ABOVE. Thank you so very much, appreciate it a bunch.

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