Hamlet: Act I Scene II

Hamlet: sarcastic first line, hates Claudius – thinks he’s too close for comfort (aside) A little more than kin, and less than kind.
Claudius: Hamlet’s grief is unmanly and blasphemous – an insult to Hamlet, because he’s religiously Christian ’tis unmanly grief, / It shows a will most incorrect to heaven
Gertrude: tells Hamlet that death is a natural part of life and that everything in this world will one day cease to exist Thou know’st ’tis common, all that lives must die
Claudius: tells Hamlet to stop grieving for his dad because everyone loses their parents eventually your father lost a father, / That father lost, lost his
Claudius: Hamlet should stop stubbornly grieving for his dad the survivor bound / In filial obligation for some term / To do obsequious sorrow; but to persever / In obstinate condolement is a course / Of impious stubbornness
Claudius: doesn’t allow Hamlet to go back to Wittenberg and begs him to stay in Denmark For your intent / In going back to school for Wittenberg, / It is most retrograde to our desire / And we beseech you bend you to remain / Here in the cheer and comfort of our eye
Gertrude: “Don’t go to Wittenberg, Hamlet!” I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg.
Hamlet: “Sure, mum, I’ll stay in Denmark, but only for you and not for step-daddy.” I shall in all my best obey you madam.
Claudius: “Wow, you’re a good son, Hamlet, for listening to us” – except Hamlet’s only staying for his mum’s sake Why, ’tis a loving and fair reply.
Hamlet: beginning of 1st soliloquy – I wanna kill myself but can’t because Christianity forbids it O that this too too solid flesh would melt / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew / Or that the Everlasting had not fixed / His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter. O God, God
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – the world is a terrible place How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable / Seem to me all the uses of the world!
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – garden metaphor used to describe the bad things existent in the world ’tis an unweeded garden / That grows to seed, things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely.
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – all women are weak frailty, thy name is woman
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – even a monster/animal would grieve for their mate longer than his mum a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – disapproves of Gertrude’s marriage to Claudius by insulting him, saying that he’s nothing like his brother, who is perfect married with my uncle, / My father’s brother, but no more like my father / Than I to Hercules
Hamlet: 1st soliloquy – he must deal with his melancholy alone, because he’s secretive and cannot tell anyone about his disapproval of Claudius But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.

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