Today the four groups performed their Reader's Theater Performance for Act 3 Scenes 1-4. Groups also turned in scripts, questions and motivation analysis of characters to Mrs. Smith. The group performing in Act 3 Scene 1 were dressed up as Marvel characters. Their act was about when Polonius and Claudius spy on Hamlet meeting with Ophelia to see if he was crazy due to denied love. Claudius decides that they need to watch Hamlet carefully and and that he isn't going insane because of love but rather something else.
Act 3 Scene 2 was when Claidius, Gertrude, Hamlet, Hotario, and Ophelia and others watch the play. Hamlet has Horatio watch Claidius to see if he shows signs of guilt. During the play, which describes a murder very similar to the one Claudius committed, Claudius becomes overcome with guilt and runs out. Hamlet is requested to visit his mother and he must remind himself that not to hurt her. The group performing this act were hippies and had in tye dye, bandanas, and wigs.
Act 3 Scene 3 involved Polonius, Guildenstern, Rosencratz, Claudius, and Hamlet. What happens in Claudius revealing that he regrets killing his brother and wonders if he ever could be forgiven for his crime. The group performing changed the setting to an retirement home.
In Act 3 Scene 4, Hamlet speaks with his mother unaware that Polonius is hiding behind the curtain to eavesdrop and see why he's acting so crazy lately. Gertrude tells Hamlet that he offened his father(Claidius) but Hamlet says she offend his real father. Hamlet's anger scares Gertrude so Polonius calls for help. Hamlet thinking its Claudius stabs and kills Polonius. King Hamlet's ghost appears reminding Hamlet of his task, but only Hamlet can see the ghost and his mother thinks he's gone crazy. Hamlet tries to convince Gertrude that he was faking his craziness and makes her promise not to tell Claudius. She agrees and he leaves with Polinius' body and prepares to leave for England.
After watching all the performances the class officially decided that we will not have a fishbowl for Act 3. This means Jack, Sergi, Colton, and Nick will have to leader either Act 4 or 5's fishbowl.
We took notes then on Act 3, following here:
Act 3 Scene 1:
- Rosencratz/Guildenstern couldn't provide reasoning for Hamlet's craziness
- Polonius had a theory that Hamlet is crazy because he's in love with Ophelia and she reflected his affections
- His theory is proven false
- When Hamlet tells Ophelia to become a nun he's suggesting that she's like a prositute and sold her body
- Hamlet claims Ophelia is imagining things and that he never wrote any letters to her
- Hamlet gives his famous "to be or not to be" monologue in Act 3 Scene 1 in which he wonders whether or not he should die and decides that people rather carrying on suffering through troubles now than face the unknown troubles found after death. Hamlet currently chooses life over death
We watched 1996 (Kenneth Branagh) Hamlet scenes 26-27 (Hamlet and Ophelia's meeting) and scenes/chapters 30-31 (the play) in class.
HW: The homework was fishbowl for Act 3 but since we decided against having one it became review and read Acts 3 Scenes 1-4.
Essential Question: Who are we? Men of Action or Inaction? Men of compassion or revenge?