Please help with homework Hamlet Act II, 2.2: Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

  1. Who are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern? Try to name a defining feature that distinguishes one from the other. Note how Claudius and Gertrude refer to the two men: what in the speeches of the king and queen illustrates how difficult it is to discern Rosencrantz from Guildenstern?
  2. What is similar in the requests of the King and Queen to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as in the previous scene with Polonius to Reynaldo?
  3. What new information do we learn of young Fortinbras? (II.ii.65-85) What did the elderly king of Norway (“old Norway”) do?
  4. What is Polonius’s theory about Hamlet’s alleged madness? List at least three funny quotes from Polonius’s ridiculous verbal exchange with the king and queen. Does he “use no art”?
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