Hamlet, Journal #1—Act 1, scene 1

Choose one of the assignments below to complete for this journal.


  • Using a note card, write a bookmark on the character of Horatio using a passage from 1.1.


  • Read/reread 1.1:80-123.  Horatio and the guards are discussing the political situation in Denmark and reasons for the ghost’s appearance.  According to what you read, what is the political situation?  Discuss this in a journal.  (Hint:  “Hamlet” in these lines refers to the former king who is now dead, not the young Hamlet we’ll be seeing later in the play.)


Write up your response to turn in.

For extra credit, post your journal on the Hamlet blog at: http://s.spachman.tripod.com/Hamletblog/