U3 (S) Shared Inquiry

Function of plot, characters, and/or setting within a text. (C3)
What purpose does the subplot of fortinbras serve in the play?

Function of contrasts within a text. (C3)
Do you think Laertes serves as a foil to Hamlet? In what way and how does this affect the play.

Function of a symbol. (C2)
What purpose does the king’s ghost serve in the play?


Function of specific textual details in revealing character motivation and perspective. (C2)
5.1 204
“To what base uses we may return, Horatio. Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he find it stopping a bunghole?” – Hamlet

What might this quote reveal about Hamlet’s perception in regards to death.

Function of specific textual details in the development of theme. (C6)

2.2 610-615
“The spirit that I have seen/ May be a devil, and the devil hath power/ T’ assume a pleasing shape, yea, and perhaps/ Out of my weakness and my melancholy,,/ As he is very potent with such spirits,/ Abuses me to damn me.”

How might this quote develop the theme of uncertainty?

Unit 2 EQ

Are stories “all one story” or rewarmed versions of one another?


Stories typically involve tropes of some sort. For example, a hero must go find an object to save their community. This could be Lord of the Rings, or some Arthurian legend about the holy grail. It is hard for authors to avoid this, they may end up slipping them in unconsciously. Additionally, it becomes hard to write an “original” story when the tropes are so effective in building a compelling narrative. That is not to say all stories are replicas of each other. There are many more aspects to stories: characters, their development, the dialogue, environment, moral, etc. I would argue that tropes are more of something to serve as a source of familiarity to the readers. Familiarity becomes important as it can better evoke emotions from the reader. Stories become more relatable and it is easier to feel sympathy for the characters.