| "Peace! break thee off! Look where it comes again!" |
"In the same figure, like the King that's dead"
Marcellus and Bernado are talking about how they see the ghost King Hamlet SR
|"A little ere the mightiest Julius fell, |
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets: As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood, Disasters in the sun; and the moist star, Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands, Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse"
Horatio is making a reference to the death of Julius who died in Rome as the streets were quiet and had a creepy vibe.
| "Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes |
Wherein our Savior's birth is celebrated,
The bird of dawning singeth all night long:
And then, they say, no spirit dares stir abroad; The nights are wholesome; then no planets strike"
Marcellus to Horatio and Bernado after seeing the ghost
|"Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not 'seems.'"|| 1.2.76|
Hamlet is responding to the question his mom Queen Gertrude asked about why he is dressed in black.
|"That can denote me truly: these indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe."|| 1.2.83-86|
Hamlet to Gertrude, talking about his feelings and why he dresses in black, that he dresses the way he feels and no matter how he dresses he will not be able to express how he feels inside.
|"O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this! But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two: So excellent a king; that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother That he might not beteem the winds of heaven Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth! Must I remember? why, she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on: and yet, within a month— Let me not think on't—Frailty, thy name is woman!— A little month, or ere those shoes were old With which she follow'd my poor father's body, Like Niobe, all tears:—why she, even she— O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason, Would have mourn'd longer—married with my uncle, My father's brother, but no more like my father Than I to Hercules: within a month: Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married. O, most wicked speed, to post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! |
It is not nor it cannot come to good: But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue."
|"Or lose your heart, or your chaste treasure open To his unmaster'd importunity."|| 1.3.31-32|
Laertes to Ophelia, Hamlet is young and all he wants is sex.
| "Of each new-hatch'd, unfledged courage. Beware Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in, |
Bear't that the opposed may beware of thee."
Polonius is giving advice to Laertes before he leaves and telling him not to get in fights, meet new people and if he does get in a fight win.
|"Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment."|| 1.3.68-69|
Polonius is giving advice to his son Laertes to listen to what everyone has to say but don't speak to all of them and save your judgement.
|"This above all: to thine ownself be true"|| 1.3.78|
Polonius to Laertes, be true to yourself.
|"You do not understand yourself so clearly"|| 1.3.96|
Polonius to Laertes, even you do not fully understand yourself and what you are capable of.
|"Affection! pooh! you speak like a green girl"|| 1.3.101|
Polonius is talking to Ophelia about Hamlet and how she speaks immaturely because Polonius and Laertes think Hamlet just wants Ophelia for sex.
|"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."|| 1.4.90|
Marcellus is telling Horatio that there are weird events happening.
|"Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand Of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatch'd"|| 1.5.74-75|
The Ghost is telling Hamlet how he dies. And how he wasn't prepared to go.
|"Adieu, adieu, adieu! Remember me."|| 1.5.91|
The ghost is telling Hamlet to remember him
| "And thy commandment all alone shall live |
Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmixed with baser matter: yes, by heaven!"
Hamlet made a promise to the ghost and is searching for his book to write it in so he can remember and he is also remembering it in his head.
|"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."|| 1.5.166-167|
Hamlet is telling Horatio that their are more things then you are dreaming about.
|"As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on"|| 1.5.171-172|
After seeing the ghost and knowing what he must do, Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that he will act out of the ordinary
|"That ever I was born to set it right! Nay, come, let's go together."|| 1.5.189-190|
Hamlet agrees with himself that he mush avenge his father
|"Therefore our sometimes sister, now our queen, The imperial jointress to this warlike state, Have we, as 'twere with a defeated joy, With an auspicious and a dropping eye, With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage, In equal scale weighing delight and dole"|| 1.2.8-13|
Claudius expresses his happiness with his once sister in law, now wife.
|"Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, With windlasses and with assays of bias, By indirections find directions out."||2.1.63-66|
|"And with a look so piteous in purport, As if he had been loosed out of hell To speak of horrors-he comes before me"||2.1.82-84|
| "No, my good lord, but, as you did command, |
I did repel his letters and denied His access to me."
|"Excellent well. You are a fishmonger."||2.2.173|
|"Words, words, words."||2.2.192|
|"How pregnant sometimes his replies are! a happiness that often madness hits on"||2.2.211-212|
|"Why, then, 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. To me it is a prison."||2.2.254-256|
|"O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams."||2.2.259-261|
|"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?"||2.2.314-319|
|"O, what a rogue and peasent slave am I!"||2.2.564|
|"What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba, That he should weep for her? What would he do, Had he the motive and the cue for passion That I have?"||2.2.573-576|
|"Yet I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak, Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause, And can say nothing; no, not for a king"|| 2.2.581-584|
Hamlet is talking about how he has just sat and done nothing.
|"Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must (like a whore) unpack my heart with words"|| 2.2.599-602|
Hamlet talks about how he is just focussed on revenge but hasn't done anything.
| "More relative than this. The play's the thing |
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."
Hamlet will get his revenge in the play.
|To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die-to sleep—No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks|
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all; And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pitch and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.—Soft you now, The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remember'd.
| " I loved you not."|
"I was the more deceived."
"Get thee to a nunnery"
Hamlet tells Ophelia he really didn't love her.
|"The courtier's , soldier's, scholar's, eye, tongue, sword"|| 3.1.154|
Ophelia is talking about how Hamlet fooled her.
| "Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you |
o'erstep not the modesty of nature"
|"For any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature."||3.2.22-25|
|"In second husband let me be accurst! None wed the second but who kill'd the first."|| 3.2.189-190|
Hamlet talks about his mother marrying the murderer of his father.
| "The king rises."|
"What, frighted with false fire!"
"How fares my lord?"
During Hamlet's play the Claudius becomes sensitive to some of the scenes in the play an leaves because it is what he did to King Hamlet Sr.
|"O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon't, A brother's murder!"||3.3.36-38|
| "And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven; |
And so am I revenged. That would be scanned"
|"That has no relish of salvation in't; Then trip him, that his heels may kick at heaven, And that his soul may be as damn'd and black As hell, whereto it goes. My mother stays"||3.3.92-95|
| "What wilt thou do? thou wilt not murder me Help, ho!"|
"What, ho! Help!"
"How now! a rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!"
"O, I am slain!"
"O me, what hast thou done?"
Hamlet and his mother are talking and Hamlet hears a noise behind the curtain so he whips out his sword and then stabs his knife at the curtain, thus killing Polonius
|" O Hamlet, speak no more: Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul; And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct."|| 3.4.89-92|
Queen Gertrude to Hamlet, don't make me think too much about it and make me look into my soul because their are many evil things.
|" O, speak to me no more; These words, like daggers, enter in mine ears; No more, sweet Hamlet!"|| 3.4.95-97|
Queen Gertrude to Hamlet, stop telling me about Claudius because it is painful to hear, especially because she loves him.
|"Do not forget. This visitation Is but to whet thy almost blunted purpose."|| 3.4.111-112|
The ghost to Hamlet, don't forget about what I have told you and tell Queen Gertrude about Caludius.
|" Make you to ravel all this matter out, That I essentially am not in madness, But mad in craft. 'Twere good you let him know;"|| 3.4.187-189|
Hamlet wants Queen Gertrude to tell King Claudius that Hamlet is not crazy and there is a reason behind his madness.
|"The body is with the king, but the king is not with the body. The king is a thing—"|| 4.2.29-30|
Hamlet is not telling Rosencrantz and Guildensrern where Polonius's body is; he is saying that the body is with the King dead but the king isn't with Polonius.
|"Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table: that's the end."|| 4.3.23-25|
In renaissance times, if one was to be fat he is a man of wealth. as to a skinny person who would be of the lower class. high class or low class, death brings the two to equality
|"By letters congruing to that effect, The present death of Hamlet. Do it, England."|| 4.3.65-66|
King Claudius is talking about how he sent letters to England having them kill Hamlet.
|"I'll be with you straight. Go a little before.|
How all occasions do inform against me,
And spur my dull revenge! What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure, He that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unused. Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on the event, A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward, I do not know Why yet I live to say "This thing's to do," Sith I have cause and will and strength and means To do't. Examples gross as earth exhort me: Witness this army of such mass and charge Led by a delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puff'd Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death and danger dare, Even for an egg-shell. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honor's at the stake. How stand I then, That have a father kill'd, a mother stain'd, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep? while, to my shame, I see The imminent death of twenty thousand men, That, for a fantasy and trick of fame, Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, Which is not tomb enough and continent To hide the slain? O, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!"
|"Then up he rose, and donned his clothes, And dupp'd the chamber-door; Let in the maid, that out a maid Never departed more."|| 4.5.52-55|
Ophelia is singing a song about she and hamlet and how Hamlet stole her virginity.
|"Let come what comes; only I'll be revenged Most thoroughly for my father."||4.5.135-136|
|"Let me see.[Takes the skull.] Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him"|| 5.1.194|
Hamlet takes the skull which belongs to Horatio and describes all of the characteristics of Horatio
|"For charitable prayers, Shards, flints and pebbles should be thrown on her; Yet here she is allow'd her virgin crants, Her maiden strewments and the bringing home Of bell and burial."|| 5.1.243-247|
The priest is upset how he has to give Ophelia a ceremonial service because she committed suicide.
|"Deprived thee of! Hold off the earth awhile, Till I have caught her once more in mine arms."|| 5.1.262-263|
Laertes wants to see Ophelia once more but it is too late she is already dead.
| "Here's a skull now; this skull has lain in the earth three and twenty years."|
"Whose was it?"
The first clown is showing Hamlet a skull and Hamlet asks whose it is and the first clown says it doesn't matter because at the end it's just a dead person.
|"If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all"|| 5.2.225-228|
Hamlet is finally going to do something because he always talks talks talks and does nothing.
|"No, no, the drink, the drink—O my dear Hamlet—The drink, the drink! I am poisoned."|| 5.2.314-315|
Queen Gertrude has just drank the poison and these are her last words to Hamlet.
| "Never to rise again: thy mother's poisoned: I can no more: the king, the king's to blame."|
"The point envenom'd too! Then, venom, to thy work."
Laertes is feeling bad for fighting Hamlet and blames the King for them fighting in the first place.
|"Which have solicited-The rest is silence."|| 5.2.363|
Hamlet's last words