Hamlet A Common Allusion: "O cursed spite, / That ever I was born to set it right."

William Shakespeare

A Common Allusion: "O cursed spite, / That ever I was born to set it right."

Although a lesser-known allusion to Hamlet in later works of literature, "O cursed spite, / That ever I was born to set it right" still deserves mentioning. Directly after Hamlet decides to act crazy, or to put "an antic disposition on," he also complains about having to do any of this crazy mess at all.  Hamlet considers it spiteful that he was chosen by the ghost to revenge his father's murder.  It is Hamlet that must set it right because no one else is willing to do so.  Hamlet is not happy about having to do this.  The real question is, why?  When is this allusion to Hamlet used?  Well, any time a character complains about doing something that truly should be done or complains about something that they are not sure should truly be done, an amalgamation of this quotation or idea can be used.