Hamlet Act 3

“To be or not to be: that is the question…” -Scene 1, pg. 127, line 64-Hamlet to himself (soliloquy)-Hamlet is deciding whether it is better to live a life of pain or to die not knowing what is going to happen next.-It further shows his depression and how his mind is all over the place so he can’t think straight. It also shows his indecision because he continues to debate on killing himself and killing Claudius.
“Get thee to a nunnery.” -Scene 1, pg. 131, line 131-Hamlet to Ophelia-Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a nunnery meaning to become a nun to protect herself from all men because they suck at first and then he realizes that they are being spied on so he tells her to go to a nunnery meaning a wh0re house.-Before this conversation, Ophelia and Horatio were the only people Hamlet could trust. During the conversation with Ophelia, he notices that they are being spied on and he knows that it is Polonius so when Hamlet questions her and realizes that she is a liar, he realizes that she can no longer be trusted. However, Hamlet doesn’t realize that she has to lie. This is significant because Hamlet now only trusts Horatio. When Hamlet tells Ophelia to go to a wh0re house, he is so angry with her because she lied to him and now Hamlet feels that he can no longer trust her.
“You would play upon me; you would seem to know my stops” -Scene 2, pg. 159, line 394-395 -Hamlet to Guildenstern-Hamlet tells Guildenstern to play the flute and Guildenstern says he can not but Hamlet says that he can play the flute just like he played him.-The significance is that Hamlet is getting played by almost every person in the play, and he is losing faith in everyone and himself. He claims to Guildenstern that he can play the pipe because Guildenstern played Hamlet so it shouldn’t be that hard.
“I have a quick determination thus set it down: he shall with speed to England for the demand of our neglected tribute.” -Scene 1, pg. 133, line 182-184-King to Ophelia and Polonius-The King has a plan to send Hamlet to England because his madness is not love related and he is too dangerous to be in Denmark. Polonius tells Claudius to let Gertrude try to talk some sense into Hamlet before sending him to England.-The significance is that since we already know Claudius is guilty of murder, it can be said that Claudius is trying to get rid of the only evidence. Claudius believes that Hamlet is getting too close to the truth.
“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” -Scene 1, pg. 135, line 203-King to (Ophelia) and Polonius-Polonius is trying to convince Claudius that the reason Hamlet is acting so strange is because of his love for Ophelia.-The King is becoming suspicious of Hamlet. He thinks he is actually really crazy, or is faking it. If he is faking it, it means something is up and there is a reason to be suspicious.
“O my offense is rank…” -Scene 3, pg. 165, line 40.-King to himself (soliloquy)-In Claudius’ soliloquy, he is trying to pray for his sins to be washed away, but forgiveness is not possible at this point because he has no regrets to what he has done. -Claudius doesn’t regret what he’s done and further proves that he is guilty for the murder. He actually says that he would kill again. Claudius is actually admitting to killing the king.
“This physic but prolongs thy sickly days.” -Scene 3, pg. 169, line 101-Hamlet to himself (soliloquy) -Hamlet says that his depression is only getting worse (this medicine is only extending my sickness). -Hamlet’s depression is getting worse and he acknowledges that even medicine won’t fix or heal him. Medicine could mean killing Claudius meaning that even killing Claudius may not heal him or make him feel better/satisfied.
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.” -Scene 3, pg. 169, line 103-King to himself (soliloquy) -Claudius believes that no matter how much he prays for forgiveness, he will never receive it because he has no regrets for killing his bro, stealing the wife, and the crown.-Claudius is not actually praying, so if Hamlet were to kill him at this moment, then his job would have been done, and the play could have ended here. But, since Hamlet was against the fact that if he were to kill Claudius while he was praying, then he would automatically get a free ride to heaven, he backs away from Claudius and misses his chance.
“How now? A rat?” -Scene 4, pg. 171, line 29-Hamlet to Polonius -Hamlet was “speaking daggers” at his mother when he found out that Polonius is spying on their conversation. He ends up stabbing Polonius. Hamlet says “what’s this a rat?” I’ll bet he’s a dead rat.” and throws a coin at him.-Polonius is constantly spying on people to prove himself right, but that ended up being his downfall. It is also significant because it is the first killing in the play that we experience. It could also be the beginning of Hamlet losing control.
“Be thou assured, if words be made of breath, and breath of life, I have no life to breathe what thou hast said to me.” -Scene 4, pg. 183, line 219-221-Gertrude to Hamlet-After killing Polonius, Hamlet sees his father’s ghost, but Gertrude doesn’t and she thinks that Hamlet is crazy. She is kind of scared of Hamlet when this happens. Gertrude doesn’t want to be sent off to England so she promises not to tell anyone what he said to her. She wants to protect her kid.-It shows that she does care for her son even though she seems like a bad mom. She makes bad decisions in mind of Hamlet. It could foreshadow a conflict between Claudius and the Queen.

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