Hamlet Act 3

3,1 Hamlet: “to die, to sleep, no more: and by a sleep we say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to” – Line 61-63 Hamlet is contemplating whether it is more noble to commit suicide, despite it being against religion, or to continue with his suffering. “Flesh is heir to”- Humans are entitled to
3,1 Hamlet: “to be or not to be: that is the question”-Line 56 To exist or not to exist?
3,1 Hamlet: “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all” – Line 83 Self-awareness means Hamlet is unable to feel brave about suicide
3,1 Hamlet: ” or if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them, To a nunnery go” -Line 138-140 Hamlet may be blaming Ophelia/Womankind for his wrongdoing “men know well enough what monsters you make of them” and is advising Ophelia not to marry but to stay “chaste as ice” and “pure as snow”
3,1 King: “Nor what he spake, though it lacked form a little, was not like madness”- Line 163-164 Ongoing debate about whether or not Hamlet is feigning madness to excuse his actions or has been driven to madness by grief, the king here assumes Hamlets madness is an act. However, the king later says “madness in great ones must not go unwatched” – Line 189
3,2 hamlet to horatio: “Observe my uncle. If his occulted guilt do not itself unkennel in one speech, it is a damned ghost we have seen” -Line 79 Hamlet devises a play to catch out Claudius. Tells Horatio to look out for Claudius guilt. This is a defining moment in Hamlets decision to take revenge against Claudius.
3,2 Player Queen: “A second time I kill my husband dead, When second husband kisses me in bed” – Line 177-178 Hamlet is angry with Gertrude as he feels she is doing King Hamlet wrong “kill my husband dead” every time she is with King Claudius.
3,3 King: O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven; it hath the primal eldest curse upon’t- A brother’s murder” Soliloquy, no one else is in the room so Claudius seems to feel genuine regret, however this could be a ploy to save himself from Hell? Hamlet?
3,1 Hamlet: I did love you once. Ophelia: Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so. Hamlet: You should not have believed me…I loved you not” -Lines 114-119 Hamlet denying his feelings for Ophelia can be taken in many ways. He may never have loved her, only courting her die to boredom? as it was expected of him? Did his madness deny his feelings? He may have not wanted her to get caught up in the revenge. However, this is a turning point for Ophelia as she starts to withdraw into herself after this point, eventual cause of her suicide?
3,1 Hamlet: Why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners? – Line 121 Hamlet is condemning new life and having children as he believes all people are fundamentally sinners

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