Hamlet Quotation Analysis

[Aside] A little more than kin, and less than kind. (1.2.65) Hamlet’s first words in the play. This is when Claudius has just justified his quick marriage to Gertrude. Laertes has just asked for permission to go back to France to study. Character revelation Hamlet very sensitive to language, clever, witty, puny. It shows that Hamlet is not always nice and that he can also be kind of mean. (kin = relative, kind = caring – they sound alike) Foreshadowing that Hamlet is not going to be so kind and that Claudius and Hamlet will have a conflict. Dramatic irony the play begins with the audience invited to share Hamlet’s inner thoughts Hamlet is saying that it is annoying that his uncle (Claudius) is now his step-father. The relationship is too close for comfort. He is unhappy with his life, that his mom has married his uncle. It shows that Hamlet is dissatisfied with current events in his life.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (1.4.90) Marcellus to HoratioContext: Hamlet has just seen the ghost and gone off to talk to it. Horatio, Marcellus and the guards are there. Foreshadowing I don’t think anything good is going to come out of Hamlet talking to the ghost. Foreshadowing that something bad is going to happen stemming from Hamlet’s meeting with the ghost. Theme of Corruption something is rotten in Denmark. Hamlet’s depression, sickness, is also rotten and will affect Denmark.
What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!how infinite in faculty! in form and moving howexpress and admirable! in action how like an angel!in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of theworld! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,what is this quintessence of dust? (2.2.303-308) hamlet to Rozencratz and GuildensternThe queen sent them to talk to him. Hamlet is revealing his feelings towards his friends. Significance Character of Hamlet: creates rhetorical exercise – builds up humankind, only to totally slam people, to show his depression with living. Hamlet says that people are actually like dust. It shows that he is suicidal and really depressed. Metaphor – Hamlet is comparing people to dust. Hamlet is saying that people aren’t anything important. He is thinking about suicide.
I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind issoutherly I know a hawk from a handsaw (3.1.151) Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Context: the actors have just come to the palace; they haven’t yet spoken to Hamlet. Hamlet is explaining his mental disposition to his friends. Hamlet to Rosencrantz and GuildensternHamlet is saying that he is only mad some of the time. He can still distinguish his enemies. Character revelation Hamlet knows that he’s not actually crazy. He is clever. Dramatic irony we know that Hamlet is entirely faking madness. He is telling his friends everything because he doesn’t completely trust them
O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! (3.1.151) Ophelia to herself.Context: Ophelia and Hamlet’s conversation just ended. Hamlet just left. Hamlet was verbally abusive to her. Dramatic irony we know that Hamlet is not really crazy, but Ophelia doesn’t know – she thinks he’s lostIronic Ophelia is saying that it is sad that Hamlet has become crazy but really she becomes crazy
Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go (3.1.190) Claudius to Polonius.Context: Said right after Claudius and Polonius have spied on Ophelia. Claudius believes that Hamlets madness is suspicious. He thinks there is more to Hamlets madness. Character if Claudius shows that he’s suspicious of Hamlet’s motives for his madness – he wants to keep an eye on Hamlet. If someone important is going crazy, then they should be observed. Foreshadowing – this is foreshadowing that Hamlet’s craziness will lead to something bad in the near future. This also shows that Hamlet is not going crazy because of Ophelia, so eve if something happens to her, Hamlet will remain “crazy”

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