I have several exercises to help us digest upcoming speeches and scenes.

To prepare for these exercises, please read through Act 3 Scene 2 line 135–either aloud to yourself or with the help of Shakespeare in Bits.  (SIB sign-in info on this blog’s “Raw Materials” page.)

After you have read this far, in your Hamlet journal write a paragraph describing how you see Claudius’s goals in the opening of Act 3.  What are the objectives behind his words?