Hamlet Quotations

Hamlet -“A little more than kin, and less than kind” – Claudius view
-“frailty thy name is woman”- hatred of women
-“I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft” – madness, antic disposition
-“O what a rogue and peasant slave I am” “I am a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours” – hard to live in corruption
-“why do you think I am easy to be played on, than a flute?”
-“Angels and ministers of grace defend us”
-“Excellent well, you are a fishmonger”
-“Get thee to a nunnery”
-“I am pigeon livered and lack of gall” – revenge, four humers
-“theres a divinity that shapes our ends”
-“his madness is poor Hamlet’s enemy”
-“I did love you once”…”I loved you not” – mad
-“the play’s the things / where in i’ll catch the conscience of the king” – revenge
-“Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindness villain!” – Hamlet’s view on Claudius
-“I shall speak dagger to her, but I will use none”
-“The king is a thing”
-“Give me your pardon, sir. I have done you wrong”
-“I’ll be your foil, Laertes”
-“Here, thou incestuous damned Dame”
-“The rest is silence”
Criticism -“Hamlet is obliged to act on the spur of the moment” – Coleridge 19th century
-“Hamlet is a figure of nihilism and death” – Wilson Knight 20th century
-“He is in fact a poison in the veins of the community” – Wilson Knight
-“His ruling passion to think, not act” – Hazilett 18th century
-“Hamlet himself seems stranded between two worlds.” – Graham Holderness 20th century
-“Hamlet is an element of evil in the state of Denmark” – Wilson Knight 20th century
-“Shakespeare himself is speaking when Hamlet instructs the players” – Toman
-“A vulgar and barbarous tragedy” – Voltaire
-“The hero-villain” – Bloom
-“Many different reasons for his procrastination” – Muir
-“Hamlet is… rather an instrument than an agent” – Johnson

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