Hamlet Act 2 Quotes Booties

“Your bait of falsehood…find directions out…” Polonius to Reynaldo: using lie as a bait fishes out the truth.
“My lord,…he comes before me.” Ophelia to Polonius: Ophelia is describing Hamlet’s distracted and maddened state.
“He falls to such… would draw it.” Ophelia to Polonius: Hamlet stares at Ophelia like how a painter draws a picture.
Come, go with me;…alflict our natures.” Polonius to Ophelia: Polonius believes Hamlet is acting crazy because of love. Love might make him self-destruct.
“I doubt it is…our o’erhasty marriage.” Queen to Claudius: the Queen believes the reason for Hamlet’s madness is the death of his father and their hasty marriage.
“Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit…/I will be brief.” Polonius to King and Queen: Polonius says that wise people do not talk too much and are straight to the point yet he is the oppposite of this
More matter, with less art.” Queen to Polonius: the Queen asks Polonius to speak with more material and less flourish.
“Doubt thou the stars…doubt I love.” Polonius to King and Queen: in Hamlet’s letter, he descirbes that Ophelia may doubt natural phenomena but he should not doubt his love for her.
“For if the sun…god kissing carrion.” Hamlet to Polonius: Maggots were thought to be created by the sun. The quote echoes the idea that the sun can create new life.
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” Polonius to audience: Polonius comments on how Hamlet’s madness seems rational.
“How pregnant sometimes…be delivered of.” Polonius to audience: Hamlet’s madness leads to meaningful replies that sane people wouldn’t have a talent for.
“Why, then,…it is a prison.” Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Hamlet is saying that things are not good or bad in itself, it is what the person’s conscience that makes it seem so. To him, Denmark is a prison.
“…this most excellent canopy,…congregation of vaopours.” Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: the sky is beautiful and decorated with golden sunlight yet Hamlet thinks it is disease-filled air.
“What a piece of work…you seem to say so.” Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Hamlet describes how humans are beautiful intelligent beings and surpass all other animals, yet he believes they are nothing but dust. He is interested in neither women or men.
“I am but mad…hawk from handsaw.” Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern: Hamlet is only mad sometimes and when he isn’t, he can distinguish one thing from another.
“O Jephthah,…treasure hadst thou!” Hamlet to Polonius: Hamlet is reminded of Polonius sacrificing his daughter Ophelia.
“Od’s bodykins,…is in your bounty.” Hamlet to Polonius: Hamlet orders Polonius to take care of the actors as he would for his honour and dignity.
“What’s Hecuba to him,…That I have.” Hamlet to self: the actor could peform more brilliantly if he had the motive Hamlet has.
“O, what a rogue and peasant slave I am!” Hamlet to self: Hamlet rebukes himself for being a low life.
“But I am pigeon liver’d,…With this salve’s offal.” – Hamlet to self: Hamlet berates himself for his cowardice.
“The play’s the thing…the conscience of the king.” Hamlet to self: Hamlet believes the play will reveal the truth about the King.

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