Speaker: Hamlet Context: Hamlet speaking to the Gravedigger in the graveyard. Ophelia believes she has loved him in vain, taking his vows as truth. The supernatural atmosphere increases as Hamlet maintains that science and rationality cannot explain everything in the universe. Act 5, Scene 1 There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will. There are several other quotes listed here. Significance: Marcellus, shaken by the many recent disturbing events and no doubt angered as is Hamlet by Claudius's mismanagement of the body politic, astutely notes that Denmark is festering with moral and political corruption. Hamlet tells Horatio that the leftover funeral food also supplied the wedding because the two events were so close together and concludes by saying he would prefer meeting his most dreaded dead enemy than witness that hasty celebration.
Horatio is threatening to kill himself because Hamlet is dying. Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action. Marcellus's words are remarking on how something evil and vile is afoot. Speaker: Hamlet Context: Hamlet is speaking to Ophelia, acting crazy. Speaker: Hamlet Context: Sees Claudius in some sort of a praying position or overhears him confessing.
After Hamlet follows the ghost, Marcellus and Horatio know they have to follow as well, because Hamlet is acting so impulsively. Act 3, Scene 3 My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; Words without thoughts never to heaven go. Significance: Claudius regrets this decisions because he feels that it has contributed to Ophelia's insanity. Speaker: Hamlet Context: Hamlet instructs the players to exactly act out the play he has written, no matter how extreme it may seem. Hamlet is instructing the actors in his preferred way of acting, which is closer to reality than the melodramatic speeches and gestures often witnessed on stage from the likes of Termagant and Herod, well-known melodramatic actors of the time.
However, after reading Act 1, scene 2, we see in Hamlet's asides that another source of his melancholy is his mother's hasty marriage to Claudius, the new king of Denmark. She loves Hamlet and thinks he really loves her too which he does , but she allows the males in her family to make decisions about her love for her. He asks his mother to forgive him his virtue the virtue of pointing out her errors , for in the fatness of current time, things are the reverse of what they should be, which causes honesty to ask wrongdoing's pardon instead of vice versa. Polonius is giving unsolicited advice to his son Laertes who is leaving for France; take Polonius' advice with a grain of salt, as he is called a fool by other characters. However, his mother, Gertrude, not knowing the wine is poisoned, raises a toast to her son, and before Claudius is able to stop her, drinks from the poisoned cup. I wanted to know where he got the matter he was working with and what he did with that matter. Hamlet implies that anyone can fake these outward signs of grief, but that what he feels is deeper.
The king is asking his queen the meaning of her heavy sighs; he wants her to tell him we what is wrong, as it is appropriate that he we , as king, understand. Horatio has just threatened to kill himself out of loyalty to the dying Hamlet, who responds that if Horatio ever cherished him, he should abandon his plan to achieve bliss temporarily, and continue to live in this harsh world where each breath can bring pain in order to tell Hamlet's story. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest' 5. It was very painful at times, for both of us. I understand those codes, I think. People will come to this and not know the story. Horatio is then made aware of Hamlet's plot to see the reaction of Claudius.
. He seems to think that his mother was involved in or had previous knowledge of the plot to kill his father Hamlet Snr. Guildenstern asks Hamlet what he means when he says that his mother and uncle are deceived. Hamlet asks his friend to tell his story, meaning to reveal that Hamlet was visited by the ghost of his dead father and sought to avenge his father's death. Hamlet then tells himself it is appropriate to write about his uncle's villainous smiles in tables tablets , not just the table of his mind. Queen Gertrude says the Player Queen belabors her protestations of love too much, sounding like a liar who needs desperately to convince others of her virtue. Since divine providence is involved in the death of an insignificant sparrow, Hamlet is unafraid, for if his own death does not happen now, it will happen in the future; if his death does not happen in the future then it will happen now, but if it does not happen now it is sure to come, so being ready for death is all important.
Claudius, who is determined to kill Hamlet, devises a back-up plan, in case Laertes is unable to kill Hamlet. Hamlet tells Polonius he wants the players treated well, as they have the ability to characterize the individual and the times, although the individual is better off getting a bad epitaph, rather than a bad reputation while alive. Hamlet, in referring to a nunnery, is calling Ophelia promiscuous and unfaithful. Polonius swears to the queen he will use no art although he immediately begins to play with his own words instead of getting to the point. Speaker: Ophelia Context: Ophelia is still talking to her dad about how Hamlet came up to her and grabbed and started being a weirdo by shaking her and gasping and such. It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath.
He engages in sexual inuendo, suggesting that she, not he, is the one fixated on sex. After Hamlet's conversation with the Norwegian captain, he contemplates his situation in a soliloquy. Speaker: Hamlet Context: Hamlet is speaking in a soliloquy before his play is presented. The relationship between Hamlet and Laertes within the context of the larger plot is interesting, and Shakespeare draws a connection between the two characters: both Hamlet and Laertes are seeking to avenge their fathers' deaths. But I've performed in several Shakespeare productions including Hamlet, except in this version, Hamlet lives in an apartment with two women, and has to pretend he's gay so that the landlord won't evict him. In addition to truthfulness, honesty can also mean virginity, so a great play and replay of associations with the word honesty follow, during which Hamlet seems to be referring to Ophelia personally and sometimes addressing all of womankind. Indeed, I could say that Shakespeare surpasses literature altogether, if I knew what I meant.
Significance: Shows that Claudius has definitely committed the crime and also that he feels bad for doing it. Hamlet is still talking to his mother, but has changed the subject to his imminent trip to England, saying that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have their orders from the king which probably involve some knavish scheme against him. Furthermore, the truth of Hamlet's turmoil throughout the play is revealed, as well as the many murderous actions of Claudius. Sending King Claudius to heaven is not the revenge he planned. Hamlet asks Ophelia if she is honest, as she is the one returning the giftsinitiating the breakup. Significance: This scene shows how Polonius is a sly mofo who, although appears to be a foolish man at times, is actually a wizard of manipulation who just wants the best for himself.
Speaker: Hamlet Context: Horatio tells Hamlet that he does not need to compete in the fencing match against Laertes if he doesn't want to Significance: Hamlet replies saying that he doesn't pay attention to omens and has realized he has no control of his fate. Hamlet really wants to kill the king when he thinks of his father's murder; he was murdered in his sleep and did not have the opportunity for a final prayer to pave his way to heaven. Says it when he is alone. Though he might indeed be a bit distraught due to Polonius forcing Ophelia to friendzone Hamlet, he is more stressed out about avenging his father. Hamlet tells Horatio that science natural philosophy does not explain, nor come close to recounting all phenomena.