Reading Discussion 14: Hamlet
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The video above is from Kenneth Branagh’s film adaption of Hamlet. In this scene (Act 4 Scene 7), Gertrude informs Laertes of Ophelia’s death. Ophelia’s misery, madness, and suicide swiftly follow the death of her father.
INITIAL POST (due 12/4):
1. How does Ophelia’s madness compare to Hamlet’s? Analyze specific passages (with citations) in your response.
2. In what other ways can we compare/contrast Ophelia and Hamlet? Focus on significant similarities and/or differences. Analyze specific passages (with citations) in your response.
Length: One page total (about 250 words)
Respond in a structured, focused response. This isn’t a free-write in which you just jot down thoughts. Write clear, grammatical sentences, in coherent paragraphs, and use an appropriate tone. Your response should show that you are familiar with the texts. Do not offer a long summary or background information unless it is related to the question.