Analyzing Art and Literature in the Northern Renaissance
• Explain whether you agree with the interpretation of either Sayre or Koster of Van Eyck’s Arnolfini
double portrait. Describe two (2) symbolic elements of the painting and any other features that stand
out to you.
• Discuss your reaction to the character of Hamlet in the two (2) soliloquies from the text. Consider
the extent to which you sympathize with him and / or think he is self-absorbed. Explain the manner in
which the literary form of soliloquy shapes your view of Hamlet. Identify one (1) or two (2) lines (except
“To be, or not to be”) that you find interesting or favor, and explain your choice.