posted by .


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)


  • English -

    First of all, let me give you some websites to bookmark -- be sure to bookmark them all!

    Here's the best website I've found to help students read Shakespeare's plays:
    Click on the title of the play you want, then click on the act and scene. You'll find original Shakespearean language on the left and a modern-day "translation" on the right.

    Here are several other really good websites about Shakespeare and his works and his times. Be sure to add ALL THESE to your favorites so you can find them again.






  • English -

    Now, go into the No Fear Shakespeare site (the first link above) and find Hamlet >> Act IV scene 4. My suggestion is that you read ALL of Act IV so you understand the passage you've quoted in context.

  • English -

    IV.4.38-46: -- Hamlet has been dilly-dallying for over 3 acts now! He knows what he must do; his father told him very specifically. Now he seems to understand that he needs to get in gear and take the revenge that his father's ghost told him to do.

    Do you see the character and plot development taking place by means of this soliloquy?

    What theme is being furthered here? How?

    Explicate the lines -- that is, line-by-line, explain what he's saying and point out literary devices Shakespeare used that the Elizabethan audience would definitely connect with.

  • English -

    Same with V.1.8-13 --

    To what drowning are the two characters referring? How does this drowning fit into the entire plot? What theme is this furthering? Explicate ...

    If you need ideas regarding themes in this play -- http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/hamlet/themes.html

    If you need help with literary devices, here are some good websites to help you:


    (Broken Link Removed)



Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. English

    Hi, If anyone has read Hamlet...I have to write an essay showing how Hamlet is a hypocrite or similar. I need 3 main points of proof. I only have one, which is that Hamlet says he loves Ophelia but hes the cause of her death and he …
  2. English

    Copy the passages on the website and paste them on the word Processor. You have to get the printouts of the passages. (Is this passage correct?
  3. English

    Could you please tell me if the questions are grammatically correct?
  4. English

    Could you please check these sentences I tried to correct myself. Thank you. 1)Hamlet pretends to be mad so that he can carry out his plan. He arranges for a troupe of actors to re-enact the scene of his father’s murder to let the …
  5. English

    I urgently need you to revise these sentences, please. 1) The ghost of Hamlet’s father appears in front of him and Horatio because he wants to explain how he was killed and who killed him. 2) The play ends with the deaths of Laertes …
  6. English

    I still have some more sentences I need to check. Can you please have a look at them, too?
  7. English

    I tried to do some of the corrections myself. I think some changes must still be made. Thank you very much. 1)A ghost appears to Hamlet and asks him to take revenge and kill his murderer, Claudius. 1) Correction: A ghost appears to …
  8. English

    I'm reposting you a few sentences I checked myself again, because you told me they were too wordy. Could you please have a look at them?
  9. English

    I left out these last sentences on Hamlet and a few other sentences on grammar. I hope you can check if they are grammatically correct. 1) Hamlet's father's ghost appears to Hamlet to tell his son that he was murdered by Claudius. …
  10. English

    Hi, I have a english exam coming up on poetry and Hamlet... the first part is Part A ;Passage Analysis: Choose only three of the following passages from the play Hamlet to comment on. Each response should be concise and well written …

More Similar Questions