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Identify 10 lines from the play which you found interesting and provide a translation...

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kelvinlee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 31, 2009 at 4:17 PM via web

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Identify 10 lines from the play which you found interesting and provide a translation for each in modern English.

These lines must have a secondary, non-literal meaning behind them to count. For each, identify the speaker and cite the act, scene and line.

Example:

1) Claudius: "Are you like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?" (4.7.118-199)

Translation: Are you truly upset or just appearing to be upset?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 31, 2009 at 6:26 PM (Answer #2)

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I suggest Hamlet's line to Ophelia in Act 3, Scene 5, Line 139-142.  He says to her

"if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool, for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them."

It means: "If you have to get married, marry an idiot.  A wise man knows all to well that you are going to cheat on him."

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mshargaden | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 31, 2009 at 7:22 PM (Answer #3)

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This is one of my favoites because Hamlet makes light of the reason his mother married his uncle so fast after his father's death (murder).

Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral bak'd meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.

Act 1 Scene 2

Hamlet means that the meats that the royal family laid forth for the funeral of his father, the king, as hot a dinner were still around and recycled into cold cuts for the marriage table--the reception after the wedding of his uncle to his newly-widowed mother (widowed by his uncle killing his father, of course!).

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kelvinlee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2010 at 12:18 PM (Answer #4)

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Thanks a lots...is there anymore lines... i forgot to say that...It's great if you guys can create short scenarios (1 line is fine)

Eg: "You tell me that you're sorry, yet you won't even pay for the damages! Are you like the painting of a sorrow, a face without a heart?"

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted January 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM (Answer #5)

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Gravedigger 1 has asked Gravedigger 2 a riddle. Gravedigger two can't think of the answer to the riddle. In the end GD1 says...

"Cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull
ass will not mend his pace with beating."

Stop hitting your head trying to think of the answer because your donkey-brain won't go any faster, even if you beat it.

"You must know the capital of France??? You don't know the capital of France. Come on, you're kidding me? OK, cudgel thy brains no more about it, for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating."

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kelvinlee | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM (Answer #6)

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Thanks elfgirl alots...anymore lines? ^^

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