Key Hamlet Quotes

“In the same figure, like the king that’s dead” Barnardo: Act 1, Scene 1, old hamlet is a sign of unrest, with a pointer towards corruption in the apparition of a ghost boding signs of foul play.RT: Duke; Royal Lecher
“It harrows me with fear and wonder” Horatio: Act 1, Scene 1, the apparition of the ghost, suggesting the political instability of Denmark.Other themes: -Appearance vs Reality-Religious and Moral Hypocrisy
“this bodes some strange eruption to our state” Horatio: Act 1, Scene 1, the state of Denmark is undergoing dramatic change, which “strange eruption” suggests the nature of is different and violent.Other themes:-Corruption
“Mightiest Julius fell, The graves stood tenantless and sheeted dead” Horatio: Act 1, Scene 1, the loss of a leader makes the dead rise, hence the ghost of old Hamlet. Which would thus show the political instability.
“A Little more than kin and less than kind” Hamlet (aside): Act 1, Scene 2, Although Claudius is closely related, now being a father in law as well as an uncle, he is still not kind, when he should be kind.Corruption
“Why is it the clouds still hang on you?” Claudius: Act 1, Scene 2
“Hyperion to a Satyr” Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2, Where Hamlet calls his great father a sun god, and comparing Claudius to the lecherous Satyr, which was half man goat. Showing the corruption as the state was run by those considered incompetent.
“O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to Incestuous sheets” Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 1, links to Claudius defiling his mother in his fathers bed. Links to revengers tragedy in “Incestuous kiss picks open hell”
“Affection? Puh! You speak like a green girl” Polonius: Act 1, Scene 3, faced towards Ophelia it shows the political corruption on how women were used to advance political position as Polonius uses Ophelia to get closer to the royals. Women start as strong and end as weak.
“Be thou a spirit of health, or goblin damned” Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 4, where Hamlet sees the ghost of old Hamlet, his father, and does not know whether to believe the Catholic or Protestant understanding of spirits.Religious and Moral hypocrisy
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” Marcellus: Act 1, Scene 4, Politically, everything is “rotten” and corrupt, from people to government and their morals
“Murder most foul” Ghost: Act 1, Scene 5, suggesting “foul” play which would suggest corruption, especially politically when it transpires Claudius, the new king was the murderer.
“Sleeping in the orchard, a serpent stung me… The serpent that did sting thy fathers life now wears his crown “ Ghost: Act 1, Scene 2, connotations of the garden of Eden promotes the ideas of the serpent Claudius as the root of all sin and evil. Also the use of sibilance builds on the harsh ‘s’ which is so connotated with snakes.
“O that this too solid flesh would melt, Thaw , and resolve itself in. Dew! Or that the everlasting had not fix’ His canon ‘gainst self slaughter! O God! O God!” Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2,
“Seems madam? Nay it is, I know not seems Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2,RT: Vindici tricking his sister as a pander
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties” Hamlet: Act 2, Scene 2,
“From this point forth, my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth” Hamlet: Act 4, Scene 4,

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