Hamlet Quotes – Act 1, Scene 2

Claudius re King’s death Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death/ The memory be green, and that it us bequitted
Claudius re Recent Marriage Therefore, our sometime sister, now our queen,/ The imperial jointress to this warlike state
Claudius appeals to Laertes The head is not more native to the heart/ The hand more instrumental to the the mouth/ Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father
Hamlet’s first gibe A little more than kin, and less than kind
Claudius questions Hamlets bitterness How is that the clouds still hang on you?
Hamlet’s second gibe Not so my lord; I am too much in the sun
Gertrude advises Hamlet to stop mourning Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,/ And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark/ Do not forever with thy veilèd lids/ Seek for thy father in the dust
Gertrude’s ‘seemingly’ offensive comment Why seems it so particular with thee?
Hamlet’s angry response to mother ‘Seems’, Madam! Nay it is. I know not ‘seems’/ …But I have that within which passeth show; These, but the trappings and the suits of woe
Claudius re Hamlets grieving But to persevere in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness./ ‘Tis unmanly grief/…’Tis a fault to heaven
Claudius re Heirdom most immediate to our throne
Claudius re Hamlet’s returning to Wittenberg In going back to Wittenberg, It is most retrogade to our desire
Claudius’ nice remark in the cheer and comfort of our eye,/ our chiefest courtier, cousin and our son
Gertrude asks Hamlet not to leave I pray thee stay with us, go not to Wittenberg
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Wish for death O that this too too solid flesh would melt,/ Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew./ Or that the everlasting had not fixed/ His canon ‘gaint self-slaughter.
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – State of world How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable/ Seem to me all the uses of this world!/…Tis an unweeded garden/ That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature/ Posess it merely
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Claudius/Old Hamlet comparison …Hyperion to a satyr
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Old Hamlet’s treating of Gertrude …That he might not beteem the winds of heaven/ Visit her face too roughly…
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Gertrude towards Old Hamlet …Why, she would hang on him
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Gertude is weak …frailty, thy name is woman!
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Gertrude/Claudius relationship …incestuous sheets!
Hamlet’s 1st Soliloquy – Hamlet cannot speak out against this marriage …It is not, nor can it come to good,/ But break my heart, for i must hold my tongue.
Hamlet re Horatio my good friend
Hamlet re drinking in Denmark We’ll teach to drink deep ere you depart
Hamlet re Funeral and Wedding proximity the funeral baked meats/ Did coldly furnish forth the marriage the marriage table
Horatio re The Ghost A countenance more in sorrow than in anger
Hamlet re Speaking to the ghost I’ll speak to it, though hell itself should gape and bid me hold my peace
Hamlet’s omen re Ghost I doubt some foul play… Foul deeds will rise,/ Though all the earth o’erwhelm them to men’s eyes

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