Hamlet Notecards

Thesis How important is revenge and is it damaging to the person who acts on it?
“Who’s there?” (page 3) Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22.This is the opening line of the play which leads to the first interaction with King Hamlet’s ghost. This relates to revenge because King Hamlet’s ghost tells Hamlet to get revenge on Claudius.
“Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted color off, and let thine eye look like a friend in Denmark” (page 13). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22.Gertrude, Hamlets mom, says this to Hamlet only weeks after King Hamlet died. Everyone moving on from his father’s death so quickly leads to more anger in Hamlet and a bigger desire for revenge.
“I doubt some foul play” (page 21). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22When Horatio tells Hamlet about how his father’s ghost came to visit, Hamlet instantly suspects that there is something wrong with his death.
“Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (page 31). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22While talking to his father’s ghost he figures out he has been murdered. King Hamlet tells Hamlet to get revenge for his death, this is what starts Hamlets obsession over revenge for his father.
“With juice of cursed hebona in a vial, and in the porches of my ears did pour” (page 32). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22King Hamlet dies by Claudius pouring poison in his ear.
“Yea, from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records, all saws of books, all forms, all pressure past” (page 33). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22Hamlet says this after talking to his father’s ghost and when he says this he means that he will forget all logic and only focus on how he will get revenge for his father.
“A murderer villain, a slave that is not twentieth part the tithe of your of your precedent lord, a vice of kong’s” (page 91). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22Hamlet says this to Gertrude when trying to convince his father that Claudius is a killer but she will not remember him.
“Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, grippingly on the tongue” (page 69). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22Hamlet hires players to reenact King Hamlet’s murder in front of Claudius. This is how Claudius will figure out that Hamlet knows about the murder.
“Give me some light. Away!” (page 79). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22When Hamlet puts on the play Claudius realizes he is telling the story of the murder and instantly leaves.
“The point envenomed too? Then venom, to thy work” (page 145). Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, edited by George Richard Hibbard, Oxford UP, 2008, pp. 18-22The play ends with Hamlet getting revenge after plotting throughout the whole play.

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