In lines 1-90, describe how Hamlet brought on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s fate. How does he feel about his old friends?
Look closely at Hamlet’s speech in lines 235-237 (and its translation on the left-hand page): “The readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is’t to leave betimes? Let be.” How has Hamlet’s attitude changed?
Note all the stage directions in the middle of the scene. How does the fencing match unfold? Who is winning? (We will watch a film version to clarify everything)
How does Hamlet get his revenge? Does he? How would you characterize the finale?
What is fitting about Fortinbras’s appearance at the end of the play. What is ironic? What is surprising about his treatment of Hamlet?