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Hamlet

Polonius gives his son, Laertes, lots of advice prior to Laertes leaving Denmark to return to the European continent. He says, Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought thy act...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020 1:33 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Though the precise meaning of Hamlet's outburst is by no means clear, particularly owing to the double meaning of "nunnery," there is no denying that his words are positively dripping with...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020 1:46 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet's soliloquy is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, he made a pledge to his father's ghost to act swiftly to avenge his father's murder. In the soliloquy, Hamlet expresses anger at...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 8:34 am UTC

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Hamlet

Now might I do it pat, now he is praying;And now I'll do't. And so he goes to heaven,And so am I revenged. (3.3.76-78) In these opening lines of his famous speech in act 3, scene 3 of...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet’s most celebrated soliloquy is particularly full of metaphors and arresting visual images. We have the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” taking arms against a sea of troubles (a...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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Hamlet

In act 5, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, often referred to as the "gravedigger scene" or the "Alas, poor Yorick" scene, not only does Shakespeare provide the audience with a scene of comic...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 5:32 pm UTC

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Hamlet

When Hamlet's father, King Hamlet, dies suddenly and unexpectedly, Hamlet comes home for the funeral. Close on the heels of the funeral—so close that Hamlet can darkly joke that Claudius uses...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 11:53 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two of Hamlet's friends who agree to work for King Claudius but become the unfortunate victims of his wicked plot to kill the prince. When Rosencrantz and...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 1:36 pm UTC

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Hamlet

In act three, scene two, Hamlet has the players reenact his father's assassination during the play The Murder of Gonzago in order to unveil Claudius's innocence or guilt in the death of his father....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2019 11:30 am UTC

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Hamlet

Well, let us look at the actual text. In this way, we can see the ghost's description of his death first proclaimed as "murder most foul." First, the ghost sets the scene and gets right to the...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 11:08 am UTC

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Hamlet

Effectively, what Claudius is saying here is that he has not been praying in earnest, and therefore God will not hear his words. Claudius says that his "words fly up," as he offers them to heaven,...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017 9:21 am UTC

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Hamlet

One should understand that Ophelia, at this point, is experiencing a mental breakdown. She has been confused by Hamlet's ambiguous words and actions and has been admonished by both her father and...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2015 3:21 pm UTC

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Hamlet

As always when examining a quotation, it's important to know the precise context in which it was uttered. In the case of this particular quotation from Act 1, Scene 5 of Hamlet, the title character...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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Hamlet

I'll just add a bit to sfwriter's excellent answer above, concerning Shakespeare's Hamlet. When Hamlet decides not to kill Claudius while the king is at prayer because he doesn't want to send the...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2010 3:18 pm UTC

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Hamlet

In act 2, scene 2 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, it's not until very near the end of this very long scene that Hamlet's intentions regarding the troupe of travelling players (actors) becomes clear. It's...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021 12:04 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Claudius first decides to send Hamlet to England because he's afraid of what Hamlet knows about his murdered father, and because Claudius thinks that a change of scenery might help cure his...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 9:23 pm UTC

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Hamlet

A simple but highly effective metaphor comes in act 2, scene 2 of Hamlet when Hamlet tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern bluntly that Denmark's a prison. (II, ii, 227) This is a clear example of a...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021 11:06 am UTC

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Hamlet

If Hamlet pretends to be mad he is only going to attract more attention to himself. Everybody will be watching him and gossiping about him. How is this going to help him plot against Claudius?...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2012 12:13 pm UTC

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Hamlet

After Hamlet sees the ghost of his father in act 1, scene 5 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet tells Horatio and Marcellus that he intends "To put an antic disposition on" (1.5.192). The common...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021 6:13 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet has been, up to this point, a relatively sane individual. He seemed to do all the expected things for a young prince. I think that the clues in this passage are about his royalty and...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2010 12:04 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet impulsively stabs Polonius, who is hiding behind an arras in Gertrude's room, because he believes that Polonius is Claudius. Hamlet unintentionally kills Polonius, and the accident is...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2021 1:06 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet tells the audience in act 2, scene 2 that he will have the players, who arrive at Elsinore in this scene, "Play something like the murder of my father / Before mine uncle." He intends, in...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017 3:59 pm UTC

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Hamlet

In act 3, scene 3, Polonius leaves Claudius by himself to pray at his altar, where Claudius admits his motivation for killing his King Hamlet. Interestingly, Claudius mentions that he will not ask...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2017 3:13 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet is utterly devastated about his father's death and is disgusted that his mother, Gertrude, has already married his uncle in less than two months after King Hamlet's death. Prince Hamlet...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2017 2:56 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Giving unsolicited advice seems to be a character trait of the people in Polonius's family. In act 1, scene 3 of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Laertes is preparing to board a ship to France, which is the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2021 6:09 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet is being sarcastic in regards to his new relationship with Claudius. Two months ago, Claudius was his uncle, now he is Hamlet's step-father. That is kind of mind-boggling and gross to us,...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 10:00 am UTC

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Hamlet

In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Ophelia is the daughter of the king's counselor, Polonius, and the woman Hamlet loves. Whether or not Hamlet's love for Ophelia is real, it is clear that Ophelia...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 5:09 pm UTC

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Hamlet

In Act II, scene ii, of Hamlet, Polonius approaches Hamlet to incite a display of Hamlet's madness to be able to give confirmation and explanation of it to Queen Gertrude and King Claudius. When...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2008 5:08 am UTC

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Hamlet

This soliloquy at the end of Act II scene ii shows Hamlet considering the way the acting he has just witnessed was able to access such powerful depths of emotion even though the performance was...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

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Hamlet

This is what Polonius has to say about that: “What was I about to say? By the mass, I was about to say something! Where did I leave?” In other words, not even Polonius really knows why he sends a...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2008 11:04 am UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet feels betrayed by everyone around him, and this causes great internal conflict. His greatest fear is that the Ghost's words are true and that his uncle has actually murdered his father. If...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 10:48 am UTC

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Hamlet

The literal meaning of this quotation from Hamlet is that people are often hypocrites. We use an appearance of religious devotion and piety to cover the evil in ourselves. This sounds like one of...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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Hamlet

As an audience, we tend to identify strongly with Hamlet and his anguish over his father's death. We feel even more sympathy for him when we find out that his father was murdered by his own brother...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 11:25 am UTC

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Hamlet

The first of Hamlet's three attempts to kill Claudius takes place in act 3, scene 3. Claudius is kneeling down at prayer, seeking forgiveness for the murder of his brother, old King Hamlet. Hamlet...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Shakespeare's Hamlet is full of moral instructions. For example, there is Polonius' famous advice to his son Laertes in Act 1, Scene 3. Polonius is portrayed as old and rather senile. Hamlet calls...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2013 6:38 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet treats Polonius with contempt because Polonius is a sycophant and a meddler. The older man's motivations center around gaining favor in high places. He tries to present the love of Ophelia...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 12:46 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet accepts Laertes' challenge to a duel. Hamlet is pricked with Laertes sword, which is laced with poison. They take a break and the King urges Hamlet to drink from the poisoned cup....

Latest answer posted March 9, 2009 7:20 am UTC

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Hamlet

In act 1, scene 5, the ghost of Hamlet's father urges the prince to seek revenge. At first, Hamlet expresses pity for the ghost's plight, but the ghost tells him not to feel bad for him. Instead,...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 4:34 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet is arguably one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. It is tragedy (by the end of it, nearly all the main characters are dead) that centers around the corruption of the Danish court. The old...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021 6:02 pm UTC

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Hamlet

From early in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia's brother, Laertes, and her father, Polonius, express concern to Ophelia about her relationship with Hamlet. The first time Ophelia appears in the play,...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 4:02 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet's first reason for calling Polonius a fishmonger is probably to make the old man think he is insane--i.e. that he really doesn't recognize him but thinks he is a complete stranger. Hamlet...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2014 10:42 pm UTC

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Hamlet

There's dramatic irony in this encounter, meaning that we as an audience know something that neither Ophelia, nor her father Polonius, to whom she's telling the story, do: that Hamlet has run to...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016 8:59 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Claudius is overcome by guilt in Act lll, Scene 3. Before he kneels down to pray for redemption, he utters a long-winded monologue in which he confesses his crime. Claudius states that his crime is...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2016 9:26 am UTC

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Hamlet

The last time we see Ophelia on stage, prior to her father's murder by Hamlet, is just before the start of the play by which Hamlet hopes to get his uncle/stepfather, Claudius, to betray himself as...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 4:44 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Hamlet is comparing humanity to the things growing in an unweeded garden that grows to seed. Such neglected gardens are commonly seen where houses have been standing vacant for a long time. Hamlet...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 12:34 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Tom Stoppard wrote a play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which is a “’worm’s-eye view of Hamlet,’” presented from the perspectives of these two minor characters.” The title of the play, of...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2007 8:46 pm UTC

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Hamlet

During the course of the play, Hamlet grows and changes. Early in the play, he is filled with anguish about whether God is real (he questions whether death id oblivion or there is an afterlife). He...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 3:34 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Irony creates such pleasure in the reader because we like to feel smart -- like we know more than everyone else. Sometimes we know more story facts; sometimes we appreciate a particular tone of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 10:02 am UTC

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Hamlet

The character of Polonius, in Shakespeare's Hamlet, proves himself to be a questionable parent at best when he asks "his man" Reynaldo to search out Laertes in France in order to examine Laertes'...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2014 11:45 pm UTC

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Hamlet

In this scene (Act Two, scene two) of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet is extremely depressed. His father is dead—murdered by his uncle; his mother has seemingly forgotten her loving marriage to Old...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2012 12:21 am UTC

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