Hamlet Key Quotes Act 5

Laertes: ‘And from her fair and unpolluted flesh/May violets spring’ Constant association of Ophelia with flowers even after her death suggest her fragile and innocent nature. However, Laertes’s reference to being unpolluted can be ironic as she has perhaps lost her virginity to Hamlet.
Laertes: ‘Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead’ Comes across as a theatrical man of action. Almost as if he’s purposely creating a show. Doesn’t seem very genuine.
Hamlet: ‘I loved Ophelia’ Perhaps hamlet genuinely loved Ophelia and feels her loss.
Hamlet: ‘The cat will meow and dog will have his day’ A cat cannot be silenced forever and even a dog cannot always be kept down.
Hamlet: ‘There’s a divinity that shapes our ends/Rough-hew them how we will’ Hamlet is suggesting that a lot of things are out of our control and that in the end only god can determine our destinies. Almost a justification for his delayed revenge. Comes to terms with death.
Hamlet: ‘To quit him with this arm? And is ‘t not to be damned/To let this canker of our nature come/In further evil?’ Hamlet’s doubt is still in place in terms of morality. In a religious society would have been seen as a brave hero however, can also be seen as a coward who is just unable to act upon his words.
Hamlet: ‘For by the image of my cause I see/The portraiture of his’ Hamlet claims to see himself in Laertes however this is ironic as Hamlet is the opposite of Laertes when it comes to his fathers revenge as Laertes is a man of action and Hamlet is a man of words.
Hamlet: ‘If it be now, ’tis not to come/If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will/ comeā€”the readiness is all’ Seems asif Hamlet has come to terms with death and knows what will happen after his and Laertes’s fight.
Laertes: ‘I am justly killed with mine own treachery’ A sense of realisation of guilt in Laertes or perhaps he isn’t the hero we though he was, in fact he is a coward.
Hamlet: ‘Treachery seek it out’ Play is reaching its climax, everything is going down hall.
Hamlet: ‘Thou incestuous, murd’rous, damned dane’ Hamlet is finally able to take his revenge, however this was not planned by him but infact was Claudius’s plan to manipulate Hamlet which back fired. Really hamlet cant take credit for the revenge.
Laertes: ‘Exchange forgiveness’ Laertes forgives Hamlet for his father’s death suggesting a sense of nobility of a prince.

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