Questions on General Vision and Viewpoint in ‘Hamlet’

These questions are designed to help you form your own opinions about the General Vision and Viewpoint of ‘Hamlet’ in order that you can compare and contrast this text with ‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’ and ‘Inside I’m Dancing’.

  1. What does the opening scene convey to you?
  2. Assess the strength of relationships in this play.
  3. ‘In this play there are examples of hopelessness and defeat.’ Do you agree with this statement?
  4. Are there any hopeful moments in ‘Hamlet’?
  5. What does the closing scene tell us about life?
  6. What is your opinion of the ending of this text?
  7. Is the closing scene inevitable?
  8. What is important to Hamlet? What are his values?
  9. What is the quality of the parent-child relationships in this play?
  10. How much freedom to choose does Hamlet have? Is he the master of his own destiny?
  11. Has Hamlet learned anything throughout the play?
  12. What is the darkest moment in this play, in your opinion?
  13. Are there any moments of light and hope?
  14. Can people be trusted in Elsinore?
  15. What is your first impression of Hamlet’s relationship with Ophelia?
  16. How does their relationship progress?
  17. Is the presentation of life in this play realistic? Explain your answer.
  18. What does this play have to say about humanity?

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