If you haven't submitted your two revised Arguments to TurnItIn.com, you need to do that ASAP.
If you haven't submitted your Culture Essay Progress Report to TurnItIn.com, you need to do that ASAP.
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We are building toward your having a working Rough Draft of your Culture Essay submitted by Thursday (or the beginning of your April Break, whichever comes first). You should be making progress toward that.
This is the version of Hamlet we've watched some of in class:
"(Aired: 04/28/10) Shakespeare's immortal 'To be, or not to be' takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet."
The portion we watched went up to about 42:30, which is right at the end of Act I. Re-watch or do some other kind of brushing up on what happens in the play up to that point, and then get to Act II, scene ii, 444 (about), which is about the time that the players (actors) enter. That's about 1:15:50 on this video. You can watch this video and/or read in the play. When you've gotten there, stop, and, in a comment to this post, reflect on what you know so far and don't when it comes to the play. Do you understand what Hamlet is doing? What is Polonius's approach to parenting when it comes to Laertes? Who are Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, what has Claudius asked them to do, and what does Hamlet think of them? What news does Ophelia report, and how do Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius interpret this information? You can try to answer a few of those, as all of them come from the first scene and a half of Act II, but you can also ask questions about anything from Act I. The point of this is for you to process what you know and what you don't about the play up to the line I've designated above so that you're ready for class on Tuesday, and to do it in a semi-public way so that we can help each other understand the play better.