ENG 4U1 Hamlet Quiz
1. Look carefully the lines suggest that time proceeds not as we expect it to.
Can you spot the 3 instances in the play’s text wherein we are given clues as to the time?
2. Marcellus speaks of 3 things that are occurring in Denmark which suggest that war is not far
Can you identify them?
3. In the earliest performances of this play (early 17 Century) daylight was the one constant and
so darkness could only be imagined by the audience or inferred through a variety of means.
The use of torches was common but most often the words spoken by the characters gave
away that it was dark. In this scene there are several instances of this but I would draw your
attention to two specific ones: one is overt (spoken by Bernardo) the other slyly crafted
(spoken by Horatio). Can you spot them? Hint they occur in a similar fashion- during
introductions to other characters.