HAMLET- Act 5, Scene 1 KEY QUOTES

Which quote demonstrates ambition and corruption as eventually meaningless? “Where be your gibes now?… your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar?”
Which quote demonstrates that whilst meaningless, status still bears lasting effect? “If this had not been a gentlewoman, she should have been buried out o’ Christian burial.”
How does Hamlet acknowledge his own naivety and allude to Claudius’s eventual and inescapable downfall? “…how the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it were Cain’s jawbone!”
Which quote demonstrates the revealing nature of death and acts as an allusion to Polonius? “It might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o’er-reaches.”
Which quote demonstrates Claudius’s obsession with Earthly materials and disregard for a higher spiritual or moral purpose? “Her death was doubtful… that great command o’ersways the order….”
Which quote finally demonstrates Hamlet’s blunt and real emotion? “I loved Ophelia:”
Which quote demonstrates again that religious authority is here arbitrary and is overruled by status, emphasizing the lack of purity within Elsinore? “…great folk should have countenance in this world to drown or hang themselves more than their even- Christian.”
Which quote again places true significance on moral, rather than material good? “…there is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers and gravemakers…”
Which quote connects to A1 S4 and so presents corruption and parasitic consumption as intrinsic? “…a poured a flagon of Rhenish on my head once…”
Which quote again demonstrates religious tradition as arbitrary in comparison to morals? “A ministering angel shall my sister be When thou liest howling…”
Which quotes venerate Ophelia and present her as God- like and pure? “T’o’ertop old Pelion or the skyish head of blue Olympus.””And from her fair and unpolluted flesh May violets spring.”
How does Hamlet argue his own capability for action? “…though I am not splenitive and rash, Yet I have in me something dangerous…”
How does Hamlet demonstrate his strength of love for Ophelia? “I will fight with him upon this theme Until my eyelids will no longer wag.”
Which quote demonstrates Hamlet’s belief in fate? “The cat will mew, and dog will have his day…”
Which quote demonstrates comeuppance for corruption? “Is this the fine of his fines and the recovery of his recoveries[?]”
Which three individuals does Hamlet reference in relation to the skull and how are they significant? “politician… courtier… lawyer” These were all believed to be untrustworthy. The poor are ‘above’ them all now. Suggests eventual triumph of morality over corruption?

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