Final English Test set 2/3

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32 terms · Hamlet Quotations

"A little more than kin, and less than kind."

Act: I
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: himself (aside)
Significance: He's playing on the word kindred talking about his uncle... he is kin but not necessarily kind/good

"Frailty, thy name is woman!"

Act: I
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: himself (aside)
Significance: he's saying all women kind is weak, his mother's true nature is coarse and lustful. Hamlet is shocked to see that his mother's love for his father was so shallow

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

Act: I
Speaker: Polonius
Spoken to: Leartes
Significance:he's giving him advice on correct manners. He's telling him to stay independent by not borrowing or lending money

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man.

Act: I
Speaker: Polonius
Spoken to: Leartes
Significance: Polonius' advice sounds good but is full of errors because one can not be one's own authority

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

Act: I
Speaker: Marcellus
Spoken to: Horatio
Significance: The appearance of King Hamlet's Ghost is an omen forthe decay of Denmark's government

O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain... That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain!

Act: I
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: comment on the evil nature of Claudius

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Act: I
Speaker Hamlet
Spoken to: Horatio
Significance: Horatio's understanding of metaphysics is not great enough to contain all that exists (spiritual and material)

The time is out of joint-- O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!

Act: I
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Horatio and Marcellus
Significance: Hamlet laments (mourns) that it is his destiny to redress the wrongs perpetrated against his father and the Country of Denmark

...brevity is the soul of wit.

Act: II
Speaker: Polonius
Spoken to: King and Queen of Denmark
Significance:verbal irony

Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.

Act: II
Speaker: Polonius (aside)
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: detects an underlying meaning beneath hamlet's crazy sounding words

...there is nothinng either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

Act: II
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Rozencrantz
Significance: our thoughts, our attitudes determine our perception of reality

What a piece of work is 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!

Act: II
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Significance: Hamlet is reapeating the renisance view that he learned in Wittenberg

I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly I know a hawk form a handsaw.

Act: II
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Significance: he is letting them know he is not actually crazy, but only acts like it when he feels

O, what a rougue and peasant slave am I!

Act: II
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: he thinks he is not living up to his calling of getting revenge on his uncle

The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King.

Act: II
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: He is going to trap Claudius with the lines in the play

To be, or not to be, that is the question.

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: should he continue living or end it?

To sleep, perchance to dream-- ay, there's the rub

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: himself
Significance: after death do we dream? in this certainly lies the obstacle, no one knows what is beyond this life.

Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.

Act: III
Speaker: Ophelia
Spoken to: Hamlet
Significance: his behavior towards her no longer expresses the love he expressed when he gave her the gifts

Get thee to a nunn'ry

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Ophelia
Significance: 'go be a nun! we will not marry.' His acknowledgement that she should go be a virgin

O, What a noble mind is here o'erthrown!

Act: III
Speaker: Ophelia
Spoken to: Herself
Significance: she is convinced that hamlet gone mad and no longer resembles the man she loves

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: the Players
Significance: telling the players how to do the play. It's ironic since Hamlet himself is not able to do the same

I will speak dagger to her, but use none.

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: 'I will prick her conscience w/ my words but about my father. Kill her with words but not actually kill her.'

O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven.

Act: III
Speaker: King Claudius
Spoken to: himself
Significance: his sin of killing his brother is seen in heaven

Now might I do it pat, now 'a is a-praying.

Act: III
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: he had opportunity to kill King Claudius while he was vulnerable and praying

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.

Act: III
Speaker: King Claudius
Spoken to: Himself
Significance: he can't truly repent cuz he doesn't feel it

This is very coinage of your brain, this bodiless creation ecstasy is very cunning in.

Act: III
Speaker: Queen Gertrude
Spoken to: Hamlet
Significance: she is saying Hamlet is hillucinating because she can't see the ghost he is talking too

...a king may go a progress through the guts of a beggar.

Act: IV
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: King Claudius
Significance: even a king's body will be eaten by worms... we all die

We go to gain a little patch of ground that hath in it no profit but the name.

Act: IV
Speaker: Captain of Fortinbras' Army
Spoken to: Hamlet
Significance: they are fighting for principle not material gain

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies, that's for thoughts.

Act: IV
Speaker: Ophelia
Spoken to: Leartes
Significance: she is mad, but she speaks about flowers that help you remember and have clear thinking

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horation, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

Act: V
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Horatio
Significance: He is holding Yorick's skull, someone he knew well in his childhood

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.

Act: V
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Horatio
Significance: divine providence guides us

There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be now, yet it will come-- the readiness is all.

Act: V
Speaker: Hamlet
Spoken to: Horatio
Significance: everyone's time on earth is predetermined, if it is now or later, what comes will come, it is up to you to be ready

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