Hamlet Act 1-3 Review

Act One Summary Scene One: Horatio, Marcellus, and Bavardo see a ghost. Horatio decides to tell Hamlet about it. Scene Two: Hamlet is introduced as a smart ass. The King tells him to stop mourning being it is not manly. Hamlet is angry at his mother for marrying too quickly after his father’s death. Horatio tells Hamlet about the ghost. Scene Three: Laertes warns Ophelia about seeing Hamlet before heading off to college. Polonius does the same thing and forbids her from seeing him.Scene Four: The ghost appears in front of Hamlet and he follows it. Scene Five: The Hamlet and the ghost talk. The ghost tells him Claudius killed the King, but to leave the Queen alone. Hamlet decides to act crazy in order to find out the truth.
Act Two Summary Scene One: Polonius sends Reynaldo after Laertes to spy on him.Scene Two: Hamlet is confronted by Rosencratz and Guildentern. He realizes they are Claudius’s spies. He finds a troop of actors and decides he will put on a parody of a play to see if Claudius is guilty.
Act Three Summary Scene One: R and G come back without finding out why Hamlet has gone mad. Polonius offers to use Ophelia to figure out why Hamlet has gone crazy. Hamlet first says he loves her then turns on her and becomes really angry. Scene Two: The play is put on and the King becomes very angry. He orders R and G to take him to England.Scene Three: Claudius admits to killing his brother. Hamlet plans to kill him; however, he sees that he is praying so he decides to kill him at a later time. Scene Four: Hamlet enters the Queens room and argues with her. He insults her sexual life greatly and kills Polonius. Then, he tells the Queen about Claudius’s plan to send him to England.
“It harrows me with fear and wonder” Horatio to Hamlet
“This bodes some strange eruption to our state” Horatio to Marcellus
“Now, sir, young Fortinbras of unimproved mettle hot and full” Horatio to Marcellus/Barnardo
“And then it started, like a guilty thing Upon a fearful summons” Horatio to Marcellus/Barnardo
“With mirth in funeral, and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight with dole” King to Everyone
“A little more than kin, a little less than kind” Hamlet says it as an aside to the King
“Good Hamlet, cast thine nighted color off and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark” The queen says this to Hamlet
“Tis unmanly grief. It shows a will most incorrect to heaven” King to Hamlet
“Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed” Hamlet to self
“Frailty, thy name is woman” Hamlet to self
“The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables” Hamlet to Horatio
“My father’s spirit in arms” Hamlet to Horatio
For he may not, as unvalued persons do, Carve for himself, for on his choice depends the safety and health of this whole state Laertes to Ophelia
“Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads.And recks not his own rede.” Ophelia to Laertes
Above this to thine ownself be true Polonius to Laertes
“When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul lends the tongue vows.” Polonius to Ophelia
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellus to Horatio
“The serpent that did sting thy father’s life, now wears his crown” Ghost to Hamlet
“But howsomever thou pursues this act, Taint not thy mind, nor let they soul contrive Against thy mother aught” Ghost to Hamlet
O most pernicious woman! Hamlet to self
As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on Hamlet
“The time is out of joint! O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right.” Hamlet to self
“Marry, sir, here’s my drift and I believe it is a fetch of warrant you laying these sullies on my son” Polonius to Reynaldo
“Lord Hamlet… with a look so piteous in purpose” Ophelia to Polonius about Hamlet
“No, my good lord, but as you did commandI did repel his letters and deniedHis access to me.” Ophelia to Polonius
“This is the very ecstasy of love” Polonius to Ophelia;Polonius is convinced that Hamlet has gone mad from being rejected by Ophelia. He tells her that he is crazy with love.
Something you have heard of Hamlet’s transformation: so call it” The King to R and G
“I have found the very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy” Polonius to King
“That it might please you give quiet passThrough your dominions for this enterprise,” Voltemand
Brevity is the soul of wit Polonius to King and Queenwhen Polonius is telling the King and Queen the reason to Hamlet’s madness.
More matter with less art Queen to Polonius: the Queen asks Polonius to speak with more material and less flourish.
I did bespeak: Lord Hamlet is a prince out of why star Polonius to King and Queen
As such a time I’ll loose my daughter to him Polonius to King and Queen
Though this be madness, yet there is method in it Polonius to HimselfHamlet has a certain pattern to his crazy talkact 2 scene 2
“Were you not sent for? Is it your owninclining? Is it a free visitation? Come, come, dealjustly with me. Come, come. Nay, speak.” Hamlet asking R and G if someone sent them
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hamlet
You could… study a speech of dozen or sixteen lines, which I would set down and insert” Hamlet to players about changing the play
Her father and myself, lawful espials, Will so bestow ourselves that, seeing unseen, We may of their encounter frankly judge, And gather by him, as he is behaved, If’t be th’affliction of his love or no That thus he suffers for. The King said this to the Queen
O tis is too true! How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience The harlot’s cheek beautied with plast’ring art The King says this to himself, he appears to be reflecting upon something guilty before Hamlet comes in to be tricked by Ophelia
Get thee to a nunnery Hamlet to Ophelia
I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; Godhas given you one face, and you make yourselvesanother: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, andnick-name God’s creatures, and make your wantonnessyour ignorance. Go to, I’ll no more on’t; it hathmade me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages:those that are married already, all but one, shalllive; the rest shall keep as they are. To anunnery, go. Hamlet to Ophelia
what he spake, though it lacked form a little was not like madness The king says it to Polonius about Hamlet
Horatio, thou art e’en as just a manAs e’er my conversation coped withal. Hamlet says it to Horatio
Nay, do not think I flatter, for what advancement may I hope from thee that no revenue hast but thy good spirits to feed and clothe thee? Why should the poor be flattered? Hamlet to Horatio
Observe my uncle. If his occulted guilt do not iself unkennel in one speech is a damned ghost we have seen Hamlet to Horatio
“I’ll take the ghost’s word for a thousand pound” Hamlet to Horatio: Hamlet trusts the ghosts’ word now because of Claudius’ reaction
“Do you think I am easier to be played on that a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, you cannot play upon me.” Hamlet says it to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz
“Never alone did the king sigh, but with a general groan” Rosencrantz says this to the King
Now I might do it, now he is praying Hamlet says this to himself when he is about to kill the King
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. / Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” The kings says this to himself; he was not praying
“You cannot call it love, for at your age the heyday in the blood is tame” Hamlet to Queen
These worlds like daggers to my ear Queen to Hamlet
“This visitation is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose.” The ghost to Hamlet
I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft Hamlet to Gertrude; my madness is fake and calculated.
“…my two school fellows, whom I will trust as I will adders fangs.” Hamlet to R and G mad at their actions
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” Gertrude to Hamlet
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites.How in my words somever she be shent,To give them seals never, my soul, consent! Hamlet to himself

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