Hamlet Appearance vs Reality quotes

Hamlet: Seems madam… “Seems madam? Nay it is; I know not of ‘seems’.” (Hamlet) A1S2Hamlet is focused on reality and the definitive in life. Annoyed that everyone in the castle is acting normal, while he is still stricken by grief from the death of his father.Difference between “seems” and “is” is crucial to Hamlet and sets up for the rest of that play.
Hamlet: Denmark’s a prison… “Denmark’s a prison.” “A goodly one, in which there are many confines, wards, and dungeons, Denmark being one o’ the worst.” (Hamlet) A2S2Allusion to “prison” – sense of entrapment, Hamlet feels his situation is inescapable – even death isn’t the solution to his problems.”Many confines, wards, and dungeons” – commenting on the complexity of the castle and how from the surface, it appears like a happy community, when in actual fact, below the surface there are “dungeons” – imagery of torture and excruciating pain.Alluding to the corruption in Denmark that is hidden by Claudius’ charming demeanor.
Hamlet: They clepe us… “They clepe us drunkards, and with swinish phrase soil our addition;” (Hamlet) A1S4Adjective “swinish” – connotations of disrespectful, uneducated, ill-mannered behaviour; Hamlet is ashamed and disgusted at how Claudius can act like this.Verb “soil” – adds to the imagery of neglect, contemptment and corruption – on the surface Denmark looks like its prospering from having a new king, but in actual fact, all Claudius brings is deceit.
Ophelia: Lord hamlet with his doublet… “Lord Hamlet with his doublet all unbraced, No hat upon his head, his stockings fouled, Ungartered, and down-gyved to his ankle, Pale as his shirt, his knees knocking each other, And with a look so piteous in purport As if he had been loosed out of hell” (Ophelia to Polonius) A2S1• First description of Hamlet with his ‘antic disposition’ which is convincing to initially Ophelia, but also diffuses throughout the entire court. However, the audience understand that this is just a tactic, but there may be some doubts that the sight of King Hamlet’s ghost has actually affected his mental health.

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