Explain how the following quotations from Hamlet help develop character. plot of conflict?1. How all occasions do inform against me And spur my dull revenge! What is a man, If his chief good and...
Explain how the following quotations from Hamlet help develop character. plot of conflict?
1. 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 godlike reason
To fust in us unus’d.
2. A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm
3. 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
If you look at these from Hamlet's perspective, all of them serve to develop his character further. As he discusses the nature of man and wonders how it is that we should have this ability to reason and yet lack the ability to do something about the things we think about, he demonstrates his weakness, his inability to act on the anger and despair he feels at his father's murder. As he gains more will, his thoughts which were previously only 75% cowardice and 25% will to act begin to gain more power to act.
The second quote has more to do with the changing nature of man and whether or not man is really anything greater than the beasts given that we come from dust, that we will return to it and that a worm can be eating the remains of a king and then be eaten by any man who finds that worm.