April 1, 2015

Homework Help: English

Posted by Greg on Monday, November 30, 2009 at 1:33pm.


I need to look at the passages from Acts IV and V and assess their impact within the context of the whole play. I have already done so and it's giving me these questions using a passage. I need some help, please. :)

Passage 1:
" Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on the event,-
A thought which, quarter’d, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward,-I do not know
Why yet I live to say ’This thing’s to do;’
Sith I have cause, and will, and strength, and means
To do’t.
Hamlet: IV, iv, 38-46 "

Passage 2:
" It must be se offendendo; it cannot be else. For here lies
the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act: and an
act hath three branches; it is to act, to do, and to perform:
argal, she drowned herself wittingly.
Gravedigger / Clown: V, I, 8-13 "

Questions for both passages:
1 How does this passage serve to develop character, plot, or conflict? (5 marks)
2 How does this passage serve to develop theme? (5 marks)
3 Give an explication of the lines, focusing on literary devices and / or ways in which the lines targeted the Elizabethan audience. (5 marks)


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