Hamlet Quiz 1 Quotes – Honors English

“Good now sit down, and tell me he that knows,Why this same strict and most observant watchso nightly toils the subject of the land,And why such daily cast of brazen cannon,And foreign mart of implements of war,Why such impress of shipwrights, whose sore taskDoes not divide the Sunday from the week.What might be toward, that this sweaty hasteDoth make the night joint-labourer with the day?”1.1.70-78 Marcellus to HoratioMarcellus is questioning why Denmark has been preparing for war (ships and cannons are being built)…he asks someone to explain it to him.
“At least the whisper goes so. Our last king,Whose image even but now appeared to us,Was as you know by Fortinbras of Norway,Thereto pricked on by a most emulate pride,Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet -For so this side of our known world esteemed him -Did slay this Fortinbras; who by a sealed compact,Well ratified by law and herald,Did forfeit (with his life) all those his landsWhich he stood seized of, to the conqueror;Against the which a moiety competentWas gagéd by our king, which had returnedTo the inheritance of FortinbrasHad he been vanquisher; as by the same commentAnd carriage of the article design,His fell to Hamlet. Now sir, young Fortinbras,Of unimprovéd mettle hot and full,Hath in the skirts of Norway here and thereSharked up a list of landless resolutesFor food and diet to some enterpriseThat hath a stomach in’t; which is no other,As it doth well appear unto our state,But to recover of us by strong handAnd terms compulsatory those foresaid landsSo by his father lost. And this, I take it,Is the main motive of our preparations,The source of this our watch, and the chief headOf this post-haste and romage in the land.”1.1.80-107 Horatio to Barnardo and MarcellusHoratio is explaining how Denmark got into this war. King Hamlet killed Denmark’s rival, Fortinbras, the king of Norway, which made them surrender all of their land. Now, young Fortinbras is trying to get it back.
“Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s deathThe memory be green, and that it us befittedTo bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdomTo be contracted in one brow of woe,Yet so far hath discretion fought with natureThat we with wisest sorrow think on him,Together with remembrance of ourselves.”1.2.1-7 Claudius to Gertrude, Hamlet, Polonius, Laertes, OpheliaThey are talking about the grief and loss of the king, and Claudius is saying that his death is new to us, and it is right to grieve, though at this time, we have to be smart in sorrow and think of ourselves.
“But you must know, your father lost a father,That father lost, lost his, and the survivor boundIn filial obligation for some termTo do obsequious sorrow; but to persevereIn obstinate condolement is a courseOf impious stubbornness, ’tis unmanly grief.”2.89-95 Claudius to HamletClaudius is saying get on with it, stop moping, and for Hamlet to man up and stop being so stubborn. Everyone loses their fathers.
“For Hamlet, and the trifling of his favor,Hold it a fashion, and a toy in blood,A violet in the youth of primy nature,Forward, not permanent, sweet, not lasting,The perfume and suppliance of a minute,No more.”1.3.5-10 Laertes to Ophelia (his sister)Laertes stresses Hamlet’s youth, and explains that his and Ophelia’s love is puppy love, and it will not last (nothing but puppy love)…protect Ophelia’s virtue.
“I shall th’effect of this good lesson keepAs watchman to my heart. But good my brother,Do not as some ungracious pastors do,show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,Whiles like a puffed and reckless libertineHimself the primrose path of dalliance treads,And recks not his own rede.”1.3.46-51 Ophelia to LaertesOphelia says that she will take Laertes’ advice about Hamlet, but says that with this, Laertes cannot be hypocritical…he has to agree to stay away from the path of sin as well.
“More matter with less art.”2.2.95 Gertrude to Polonius (Claudius is also there)Polonius is starting to explain that Hamlet is crazy, and then starts ranting about how there is no true definition of craziness except craziness. Gertrude tells him to get back to the point.
“- Then is doomsday near – but your news is not true. Let me question more in particular. What have you, my good friends, deserved at the hands of Fortune, that she sends you to prison hither?- Prison, my lord?- Denmark’s a prison.”2.2.229-234 Hamlet to Guildenstern and RosencrantzHamlet asks the two why they have come to Denmark, and says to them that it is a prison (representing his depression and awful mental state)…he thought humanity was wonderful, but not anymore.
“I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.”2.2.347-348 Hamlet to Guildenstern and RosencrantzHamlet is saying how happy he is to see the two men, and says not to worry, his uncle and mother are wrong when they say he is crazy. He says that he is only crazy sometimes – but knows what’s what other times…he is able to distinguish his friends from his enemies

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