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Transcript of Hamlet
- Hamlet's nature is indecisiveness
- Hamlet pretends to be insane throughout the play
Claudius is a
The Complexity of Action
Hamlet Vs Claudius
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on't, ah fie, 'tis an unweeded garden
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That it should come to this!
(Act 1 Scene 2, 134-136 )
Hamlet [Drawing]: How now! A rat? Dead, for a ducat, dead!
Polonius: O, I am slain
Queen: O me, what hast thou done
(Act III, Scene IV, 25-27)
“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd.
(Act 3 Scene 1)
By Karen & Colin
Claudius declared his marriage and Old King mourning on the same day
Claudius "confessed" his sin
Claudius please Hamlet to stay
Claudius sent Hamlet to England
Claudius try to kill Hamlet by poison.
Why Claudius wants Hamlet to stay?
He keeps Hamlet to stay and watch over Hamlet
He wants to form a good and decent royal family to show people for trust.
Decision of marriage and mourning on the same day?
He took advantages from his brother's death.
Use his brother's death to create a sense of national Solidarity
Claudius Sent Hamlet to England?
He noticed Hamlet might found out his secret.
To ensure his crown and power are safe.
Claudius "confessed" his sin.
Quote: ·“My fault is past. But O, what form of prayer，Can serve my turn? Forgive me my foul murder? That cannot be, since I am still possess'd ,Of those effects for which I did the murder, My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen. ”
He did not please god to forgive his sin and himself
Claudius try to kill Hamlet by poison.
There is much evidence in the play that Hamlet deliberately feigned fits of madness in order to confuse the king and his attendants.
How strange or odd some'er I bear myself
(As I perchance hereafter shall think meet
To put an antic disposition on)
(Act 1 Scene 5, 70-73)
Choose to keep his sin because still getting advantages
Double way to kill Hamlet by poison
Took advantage of Laertes
Quote : “Young Foritinbras,Holding a weak supposal of our worth Or thinking by our late dear brother’s death,
Our state to be disjoint and out of frame,”
Quote: “I like him not, nor stands it safe with us，To let his
“The terms of our estate may not endure
Hazard so dangerous as doth hourly grow
Out of his lunacies.”
Hamlet has slain four characters in the story:
They were all victims of Hamlet 's
Stay; give me drink. Hamlet, this pearl is thine;
Here's to thy health
Queen: The queen carouses to thy fortune
King: Gertrude, do not drink
Queen: I will, my lord; I pray you pardon me
(Act V, Scene II, 273-283)
From this quote Claudius had just poisoned a drink for Hamlet but instead the Queen drank the poison.
Hamlet Madness quotes
Hamlet action/inaction quotes
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(To be or not to be)
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite,
That I ever was born to set it right.
(Act 1 Scene 5, 96-197 )
The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
Lack of action where some is expected or appropriate.
action & Inaction
(The Play Scene in ‘Hamlet’)
Decides immediately to see the Ghost that Horatio describes
Puts plan to kill Claudius back into motion after the players speak
Devises play to detect Claudius’ guilt
Questions Claudius during the play
Wants to catch Claudius in his guilt with everyone to hear
Kills Polonius without ascertaining his identity in Gertrude’s bedroom
Quick to denounce and reject Ophelia after he senses her betrayal
Expresses remorse for his actions
Accepts the duel with Laertes
Delays in killing Claudius until the players come by
Doesn’t tell Horatio about what the Ghost says
Angry about his inaction
Not totally sure about the Ghost’s identity
Does not kill Claudius in the church
Throughout his action and inaction to find out
"I essentially am not in madness,
But mad in craft."
(Act III. Scene iv. 187-8.)
The fact that he has made it appear like real madness to many critics today only goes to show the wideness of his knowledge and the greatness of his dramatic skill.
"What he spake, though it lack'd form a little.
Was not like madness."
(Act III Scene i. 163-4.)
Claudius does not believe him so he asks his old friends to spy on him and tries to send him to England.
Hamlet again is questioning whether or not he wants to live. He keeps questioning himself and says that the only way he can control his own life is by suicide. He again does not commit suicide and this outlines the theme of action/inaction.
Doesn’t reveal himself immediately to the mourning party
Purpose of action
Ensure his crown and power safe!
Put poison in the wine glass