Act II

Scene 1
1. What does Polonius want Renaldo to find out about Laertes’ life in France?
2.What is Hamlet’s first act of “madness” and why do you think he chooses this incident as his first display of insanity?
Scene 2
3. What is the meaning of Polonius’ lines 141-142? (about Hamlet)
4. Why would Hamlet call Polonius a fishmonger? (Line 188)
5. Why does Shakespeare change Hamlet’s language from poetry to prose in this scene and for much of the rest of the play? Why now?
6.Why does Polonius initially think Hamlet is crazy? What is the meaning and the implication of Polonius’ statement, “Though this madness, yet there us method in’t” (lines 220-221)?

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