hamlet 3

And for your part, Ophelia, I do wishThat your good beauties be the happy causeOf Hamlet’s wildness GERTRUDE
Read on this book,That show of such an exercise may colorYour loneliness.—We are oft to blame in this(‘Tis too much proved), that with devotion’s visageAnd pious action we do sugar o’erThe devil himself. POLONIUS: (telling Ophelia how to appear; they are setting a trap to watch Hamlet interact with her. She is the bait)
O, ’tis too true!How smart a lash that speech doth give myconscience.The harlot’s cheek beautied with plast’ring artIs not more ugly to the thing that helps itThan is my deed to my most painted word.O heavy burden! KING: (An aside to himself referring to lines abovef: his burden of guilt is heavy; we sugar over (candy coat, speak sweetly) when we are most guilty and full of evil (the devil). He paints his words to look pretty but his ugly deed still shows through
Hamlet’s “To Be Or Not To Be” soliloquy To live or not to liveContemplating suicide, is life worth livingDeath is a mystery
Or if thou wilt needs marry,marry a fool, for wise men know well enough whatmonsters you make of them. To a nunnery, go, andquickly too. Farewell. HAMLET (to Ophelia: marry a fool cuz a foolish man won’t know that you turn him into a monster;
O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s, eye, tongue,sword,Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,The glass of fashion and the mold of form,Th’ observed of all observers, quite, quite down!And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,That sucked the honey of his musicked vows,Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,Like sweet bells jangled, out of time and harsh;That unmatched form and stature of blown youthBlasted with ecstasy. O, woe is meT’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see! OPHELIA: Hamlet is the “noble mind” overthrown – gone, mixed up. She thinks he is insane. Hamlet is the noble prince,
It shall be so.Madness in great ones must not unwatched go. KING: (the king and queen decide he is mad and must be sent away or confined somewhere. They cannot afford to let his insanity run loose. He might do something drastic; he must be watched
Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronouncedit to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouthit, as many of our players do, I had as lief thetown-crier spoke my lines HAMLET: telling the Players who to pronounce the lines in the play he has written. He’s saying if you say with great exaggeration, I will wish I had the town crier and not someone skilled like you to say it. He is telling them they must get it right! Coaching the players
Give me that manThat is not passion’s slave, and I will wear himIn my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of heart,As I do thee HAMLET TO HORATIO: (He’s asking Horatio to watch his uncle during the play to see how he reacts. He says that if he could find a man who is not moved by passions, who is steady, he will love him as he loves Horatio. I think he is feeling very confused with his emotions and wishes he could not be emotional since he has so much to do — catch the king if he is guilty like the Ghost says he is
I did enact Julius Caesar. I was killed i’ th’Capitol. Brutus killed me. POLONIUS to Hamlet: in response to Hamlet’s question of whether or not he ever acted. PUN
What should aman do but be merry? For look you how cheerfullymy mother looks, and my father died within’s twoHours. HAMLET to Ophelia: heavy sarcasm; his father has been dead 2 months; that’s not long ago, and the queen married very quickly;
Is this a prologue or the posy of a ring?OPHELIA ‘Tis brief, my lord.HAMLET As woman’s love. HAMLET to Ophelia: they are watching the play’s prologue and it’s short, like the “posy” poem engraved on a ring. She says it’s brief, short and he says like a woman’s love. Again referring to his mother and her overhasty marriage. more double entente
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. QUEEN answering Hamlet who asks him other if she likes the play. She says that the lady protests too much, which means that she must not mean what she says. Famous line. The queen in the play tells her play husband that she will not marry again if he dies. No way. And then she says it again and again.
Have you heard the argument? Is there nooffense in ‘t?HAMLET No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest. Nooffense i’ th’ world.KING What do you call the play?HAMLET “The Mousetrap.” Marry, how? Tropically.This play is the image of a murder done in Vienna.Gonzago is the duke’s name, his wife Baptista. Youshall see anon. ‘Tis a knavish piece of work, butwhat of that? Your Majesty and we that have freesouls, it touches us not. Let the galled jade wince;our withers are unwrung. HAMLET ANSWERING the King as the play begins. Hamlet is downplaying the drama perhaps so they don’t get suspicious.
Give me some light. Away! KING: wants the lights up and play to stop and wants to be whisked away. Clearly he is disturbed by the play.
O good Horatio, I’ll take the ghost’s word fora thousand pound. Didst perceive? HAMLET to Horatio: Ghost must be right! Did you perceive, see the king and his reaction?
Why, look you now, how unworthy a thingyou make of me! You would play upon me, youwould seem to know my stops, you would pluckout the heart of my mystery, you would sound mefrom my lowest note to the top of my compass;and there is much music, excellent voice, in thislittle organ, yet cannot you make it speak. ‘Sblood,do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? HAmlet to his school friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: he is very upset with them. He knows they are lying and he says how could you pay upon me like a musical instrument (“stops”, “plucks”) to hear me speak — you cannot make me tell you anything – you think I’m like a pipe? And i’ll jsut talk? He is angry. They are lying to him but he is telling them he won’t tell them his troubles
Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost inshape of a camel?POLONIUS By th’ Mass, and ’tis like a camel indeed.HAMLET Methinks it is like a weasel.POLONIUS It is backed like a weasel.HAMLET Or like a whale.POLONIUS Very like a whale. Hamlet and Polonius: Polonius will say anything to keep Hamlet talking; he agrees with everything and everyone. Hamlet thinks he is a fool.
Hamlet’s 5th soliloquy – “Tis now the very witching time of night…” He prays that he won’t harm or murder his mother; he is so enraged with her! I will “speak daggers” to her but “use none.”
I like him not, nor stands it safe with usTo let his madness range. Therefore prepare you.I your commission will forthwith dispatch,And he to England shall along with you. King to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: it’s not safe for me to keep Hamlet here so take him with you to England with these letters. The letters are instructions for him to be killed when he arrives in England, but no one knows that but the King
The cess of majestyDies not alone, but like a gulf doth drawWhat’s near it with it; or it is a massy wheelFixed on the summit of the highest mount,To whose huge spokes ten thousand lesser things Rosencrantz to the King: he acknowledges that the “cess,” the cessession, end, death of a majestry isn’t just a single death but it pulls others along in it so he is saying it’s wise, he agrees with the king, that Hamlet must be sent away.
King’s “O, my offense is rank” soliloquy THE KING’s soliloquy – his deeds, his offense are the worse, it “ranks,” smells to heaven – to murder a brother is the primal (first) and oldest curse in the Old Testament – Cain kills Abel his brother – and that is what he has done – he knows god won’t forgive him – He kneels to pray anyway and Hamlet comes upon him alone. Perfet time to kill him but he cannot, he will not because if he kills him while he is praying, his uncle will go to heaven – Hamlet wants uncle to go to hell – killing him now is insufficient revenge (above and below)
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below;Words without thoughts never to heaven go. KIng: he doesn’t repent; he cannot
QUEEN Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.HAMLET Mother, you have my father much offended. Hamlet and his mother speak and he gets her to cry. She says “thy father” meaning the King his uncle and Hamlet says “my father” meaning her first husband and Hamlet’s true father. His words are cruel and they hurt her — which was his plan.
A bloody deed—almost as bad, good mother,As kill a king and marry with his brother. HAMLET: lets his mother know he knows
Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell.I took thee for thy better. Hamlet kills Polonius by mistake; he thought he was his better, the king. P is behind the curtains listening
Look here upon this picture and on this,The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. Hamlet to his mom: he is painting pictures for her with his words — letting her really have it for what he has done.
O, speak to me no more!These words like daggers enter in my ears. Queen to hamlet: she’s so upset with his words
Do not forget. This visitationIs but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.But look, amazement on thy mother sits.O, step between her and her fighting soul. GHOST TO HAMLET: ghost appears to H when he is yelling at his mom but she cannot see ghost
I must be cruel only to be kind.This bad begins, and worse remains behind. Hamlet to his mom:
There’s letters sealed; and my two schoolfellows,Whom I will trust as I will adders fanged,They bear the mandate; they must sweep my wayAnd marshal me to knavery. Let it work,For ’tis the sport to have the enginerHoist with his own petard; Hamlet to his mom: he doesn’t trust R and G at all; he knows there’s a plan against him
This counselorIs now most still, most secret, and most grave,Who was in life a foolish prating knave.— Hamlet talking about dead Polonius – prating knave = idiot
Thou Wrectched rash…. Polonius
which of the characters does hamlet trust Horatio
O speak to me no more Getrudre
What does hamlet compare himself to pipe
Indeed this counsellor is now most still Polonius
explain Thou Wrectched rash…. yelling at his mother and shaming her for her marrage
o tis too true King is saying he carries a heavy burden

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