Hamlet LA Quotes

Quote of epic language used to describe Old Hamlet’s battle(s), signifying memory of him and regime change? ‘So frowned he once, when in an angry parle. He smote the sledded Polack on the ice’
Quote describing Claudius’ rise to power, signifying regime change? (juxtaposes epic language) ‘Popped in between th’election and my hopes’
Quote describing Claudius’ and Gertrude’s inappropriate relationship, signifying mother’s sexuality? (confusing funeral and marriage) ‘with mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage’
Gertrude’s platitudinous/insincerity of language quote, signifying her ‘acting’? ‘all lives must die/Passing through nature to eternity’
Quote describing how Gertrude mimicked the ‘actions that a man might play’ at the funeral of Old Hamlet, signifying her ‘acting’? ‘like Niobe, all tears’
Quote conveying listless tempo/suicidal melancholy of Hamlet’s first soliloquy, signifying Hamlet’s melancholy? ‘How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable’
Quote conveying the superhuman (sun god) character of Old Hamlet, signifying regime change and memory of him? (in contrast to Claudius) ‘Hyperion to a satyr’
Quote conveying image of Old Hamlet’s epic/protective love to Gertrude, signifying the role (he) played in his mind? ‘That he might not beteem the winds of heaven/Visit her face too roughly’
Quote of hissing sibilance conveying Hamlet’s repulsion as he imagines his mother and uncle in bed together, signifying his mother’s sexuality? ‘Oh most wicked speed, to post/With such dexterity to incestuous sheets’
Claudius’ antithetical statement (hollow sense)/reasonableness (blank verse) of speech quote, signifying his Machiavellian character? ‘in equal scale weighing delight and dole’
Quote of Hamlet’s cryptic/staccato hostility to Claudius, signifying his rebellious role?* ‘A little more than kin and less than kind’
Marcellus quote of rotten – of corruption, poisoning and disease, in Denmark? ‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’
Laertes’ vehement disease and sexuality imagery quote(s) to Ophelia, signifying the presentation of female sexuality? Virginity: ‘chaste treasure’, desire: ‘danger’, threats: ‘canker’ and ‘contagious basements’
Quote of Hamlet’s view of Gertrude’s frailty, signifying her ‘acting’? ‘frailty, thy name is woman’
Polonius ‘fishmonger’ quote of commercial/property wordplay reference(s) (tenders: offer to buy/expression of love) to Ophelia, signifying the presentation of women’s sexuality? ‘you have tane these tenders for true pay’
Quote of Claudius’ heavy drinking of mimetic rhythms, alliteration and assonance, signifying this ‘rotten’ state in Denmark? ‘doth wake…Keeps wassail, and the swaggering up-spring reels,/…drains his draughts of Rhenish down…/This heavy-headed revel’
Quote of the ambiguous apparition of the Ghost? (cosmic: confusing time, place and life itself!), signifying the ambiguity of the ghost? ‘Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned’…’airs from heaven or blasts from hell’…’wicked or charitable’
Ghost (command) quote to Hamlet of how to ‘save’ his mother, signifying the power of the ghost? ‘Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive/Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven’
Quote of Hamlet (simile) as the sensitive character, signifying him as the unlikely revenge hero? ‘that I with wings as swift/As meditation or the thoughts of love/May sweep to my revenge’
Quote of how time itself has been disrupted by his father’s murder, signifying the enormity of his task? ‘The time is out of joint: O cursed spite/That ever I was born to set it right’
Quote of Hamlet’s responsibility to ‘save’ the the state, signifying the enormity of the task? To restore ‘The sanctity and health of this whole state’

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