Watch I.i and I.ii of Branagh's 1996 Hamlet
What are the opening "questions" of the play?
How does Shakespeare create a mysterious tone?
Why does Shakespeare employ allusions to ancient Rome?
What paradoxes do we see in Claudius's speech? How do these paradoxes make him out to be the villain?
Why is Hamlet so upset? What does he reveal in his first soliloquy?
HW: Preread the rest of Act I for class tomorrow.