New Group, New Act

After our first meeting today, it hit home to me that although the Phase I and phase II are similar, this is not going to be the exact same as phase I.  This may seem like an obvious statement but, what I mean by it is, in phase I, we all worked on how to figure out our programs and to do so we used a very small piece of text from Hamlet.  In Phase II however, we are left to figure out a slightly larger, but still not very big, excerpt from Hamlet using the tools that we became proficient with in Phase I.  To me, this is the same assignment as before, but somehow opposite to what we did before at the same time.  In a cursory analysis of Act II, the thing that stands out the most to me is the fact that Polonius is a puffed up, arrogant, windbag.  According to Voyeur’s summary chart, Polonius has a whopping 68 different moments when he speaks, that is not counting his total lines, just moments when he speaks.  This compared to Hamlet who only speaks on 49 separate occasions in this act shows that Polonius talks a lot.

In discussing Act II with my group, we came to a few conclusions about the act together, among them were the idea that it is an act that involves a lot of Polonius’ bumbling and screwing things up, it is also an event that has a lot private moments that are made public, such as Ophelia telling Polonius about her scene with Hamlet.  There is also a lot of Surveillance and observation of other characters which lead Polonius to his fatal habit of hiding behind tapestries.  In comparing the four most commonly occurring words in Act II, which are: Lord, Good, Shall, and Say; I have noticed that all though all four of these words appear together in places, the words: Shall and Say appear together the most often and that all four of them appear together in the fourth section of act II scene 1.

I do not yet know if this will be overly helpful or if it is merely interesting, but it is what has been done so far by me in Phase II of this project.

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