It might be useful to recall which passages from Hamlet we discussed/ screened on Thursday. Claudius’s opening speech is in Act One, Scene Two (I.ii). Remember that this scene is particularly important in terms of the way that two young characters in the play– Laertes and Hamlet– are treated. These two young men seem to represent different “types” of (male) youth. Also, it’s important to note that in this scene Claudius has effectively and rather smoothly usurped Hamlet’s rightful position as presumptive heir to the Danish throne.
Some really interesting questions from Friday’s class. I culled a few of them for you to consider.