This exercise must be printed out, completed, and submitted in person at the beginning of the hour in your assigned section. Grading: 10 = superior work; 9 = above average; 8 = good; 7 = acceptable; 6 = substandard; 5 and below = unacceptable.

Exercise 3     E 316L Bruster         Name________________

This exercise must be printed out, completed, and submitted in person at the beginning of the hour in your assigned section. Grading: 10 = superior work; 9 = above average; 8 = good; 7 = acceptable; 6 = substandard; 5 and below = unacceptable.

This exercise asks you to complete the sentence at the bottom of the page after doing some reading, re-reading, and thinking. Its goal is to show you that words can change their meaning in a different context. Here are steps to follow: (1) focus on the beginning of Hamlet’s second soliloquy in 2.2, which will be our text:

O what a rogue and peasant slave am I! 
Is it not monstrous that this player here, 
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, 
Could force his soul so to his own conceit 
That, from her working, all his visage wann’d, 
Tears in his eyes, distraction in’s aspect, 
A broken voice, and his whole function suiting 
With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing! 
For Hecuba! 

(2) select any and all words of interest to you in the passage above; (3) search for instances of those words in the rest of Hamlet (plural and singular variants are okay, as are other forms of the word—rogue and rogues and roguish, etc.); for this step, feel free to use an online text such as that found at opensourceshakespeare.org or shakespeare.mit.edu. Note that these Hamlet  texts may differ slightly (in spelling, lineation, etc.) from ours; (4) once you have identified an interestingly different usage of any word in the passage above, please complete the following sentence. You are to finish only this one sentence (no more will be graded):

“The word __________ in the passage above is used differently by _______________

[character]

in the line reading “___________________________________”

(   .   .     ) [act.scene.line citation]; the difference lies in _______________________________ and this shows us ________________________________________________

_______________________________________________.”

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