hamlet key quotations

Corruption of King Claudius to the people “our dear brother’s death”
appearance vs reality King speech “our sometime sister, now our queen”
suicidal hamlet first soliloquy “or that the everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter”
corruption of denmark hamlets first soliloquy “an unweeded garden … things rank and gross in nature”
hamlets description of his father vs claudius “hyperion to a satyr”
presentation of Gertrude through hamlets description “frailty, thy name is woman”
controlling words of laertes to ophelia regarding her virginity “or your chaste treasure open to his unmastered importunity”
false appearance of polonius “give every man thy ear but few thy voice”
presentation of ophelia through polonius’ harsh words “you’ll tender me a fool”
hamlets opinion on his placement in denmark “since nature cannot chose his origin”
suicidal hamlet when he sees ghost “what should be the fear i do not set my life at a pin’s fee”
assumed false appearance of the ghost “and there assume some other horrible form”
corruption of denmark “something is rotten in the state of denmark”
corruption using nature imagery “and duller should thou be than the fat weed that roots itself in ease”
false appearance of Gertrude “most seeming-virtuous Queen”
hamlet being told to avenge father “revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”
false appearance of Claudius “that one may smile and smile and be a villain”
hamlets indication he is going to go mad “and put an antic disposition on”
submissive nature of ophelia “no my good lord”
false appearance of claudius “our dear son” changes to “all your son’s distemper”
polonius’ slight recognition of hamlets acting “though this be madness there is method in’t”
corruption of the state explained through the players “are they so followed” // “no indeed they are not”
hamlets violent thoughts towards claudius “bloody, bawdy villain, remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain”
hamlets rhyming couplet at the end of his soliloquy on his plan to out wit Claudius “the play’s the thing wherin I’ll catch the conscience of the King”
hamlet suicidal quote EASY QUOTE TO KNOW “to be or not to be – that is the question”
hamlets action and inaction during his soliloquy “thus conscience does make cowards”
hamlet being savage to ophelia “get thee to a nunnery”
use of personal pronouns sounding democratic but actually hiding claudius’ selfish instincts for survival “the terms of OUR estate may not endure hazard so near US as doth hourly grow”
Claudius’ confession “O, my offence is rank: it smells to heaven”
list of Claudius’ priorities in order of importance “my crown, mine own ambition, and my queen”
Hamlets near attempt to murder Claudius “a villain kills my father and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven”
hamlets revelation of Gertrude’s mistakes “you are the queen, your husband’s brother’s wife”
Hamlet kills Polonius “o, I am slain””thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell”
hamlets madness showing through to Rosencrantz “the body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing”
ophelia’s mourning madness “he is dead and gone lady, he is dead and gone”
ophelia’s revelation of the corruptibility of the male gender “young men will do’t if they come to’t: by cock they are to blame”
laertes immediate action unlike hamlet ‘I’ll be revenged most throughly for my father”
Ophelia and the flowers “rosemary” – remembrance”pansies” – thought”fennel” – flattery”rue” – regret”daisies” – unrequited love”violets” – fidelity
Claudius’ corruption and deception “but even his mother shall uncharge the practice and call it accident”
laertes fear of effeminacy “too much of water hast thou, poor ophelia, and therefore i forbid my tears”
stereotypes of status and gender “if this had not been a gentlewomen she should have been buried out o’Christian burial”
hamlet and the skull “alas poor Yorick i knew him”
hamlet asserting his authority in true macho style “This is I, Hamlet the Dane”
hamlets true grief over ophelia “forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum”
hamlets views on claudius as king “he that hath killed my king and whored my mother popped in between th’election and my hopes”
claudius’ lack of panic reflecting gertrude “Gertrude, do not drink”
Horatio telling of the story “of carnal bloody and unnatural acts. Of accidental judgements, casual slaughters”
half line said by fortinbras showing the play to never truly finish “go bid the soldiers shoot”

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