On act 3 scene 4, the first line is "Look here, upon this picture, and on this" ends "as will not leave their instinct."I need some help making sinificanct points for an oral. perhaps like how...

On act 3 scene 4, the first line is "Look here, upon this picture, and on this" ends "as will not leave their instinct."

I need some help making sinificanct points for an oral. perhaps like how Hamlet mentions and compares his father with greek gods yadda. :/ in a real pickle. IB is hard.

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Hamlet is trying to get his mother, Gertrude, to take some responsibility for what she has done. He shows her two portraits and wants her to see that she has gone from the love of a great man to co-habitation with one who is, though his brother, far inferior. Hamlet sees his murdered father as having the characteristics the great Roman gods. To Hamlet he had the looks of Jupiter, the strength of Mars, and the brightness of Mercury all in one.

Then he tells her that Claudius, the man she has married, is so inferior as to be beyond her consideration. He cannot understand how she could have stooped so low:

 

Have you eyes?

Could you on this fair mountain leave to feed,

And batten on this Moor?

 

Ha! have you eyes?

You cannot call it love; for at your age

The heyday in the blood is tame, it's humble,

And waits upon the judgment; and what judgment

Would step from this to this?

He simply can't fathom it. He thinks she must be crazy to have settled on such an evil jerk. And it's his mother! The irony is that everyone thinks Hamlet is mad, yet his mother is the one who, in choosing this gross guy, shows how insane she must be.

His mother's answer shows that she gets what Hamlet is saying. One wonders, though, along with her son, where her mind's been up to now:

 

O Hamlet, speak no more!(95)

Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul,

And there I see such black and grained spots

As will not leave their tinct.

Well, at least she's waking up a bit.

 

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