Hamlet Act 5 Quotes

“Custom hath made it in him a property of easiness” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: the grave digger is used to burying people all the time-numb to the sadness- it is second nature
How the knave jowls it to the ground as if ’twere Cain’s jawbone, that did first murder!” Speaking: HamletMeaning: referring to Cain and Abe (murder of his brother)
“Alas, poor Yorick! I know him, Horatio–a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy” Speaking: HamletMeaning: talking about his childhood when his father and Yorick (fathers court jester) was still alive- the good old days- reminiscing
“Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; the dust is earth””Imperious Caeser, dead and turned to clay” Speaking: HamletMeaning: ashes to ashes, dust to dust-circle of life- it ultimately doesn’t matter how important you are because everyone dies anyway
“Sweets to the sweet, farewell! Speaking: GertrudeMeaning: Flowers for Ophelia-Showing signs of guilt-She didn’t actually want Ham and Oph to get married -She is trying to coverup with the flowers to push blame away from herself
“This is I, Hamlet the Dane” Speaking: HamletMeaning: Ham announced he is king
“Why, I will fight with him upon this theme Until my eyelids will no longer wag!” Speaking: HamletMeaning: He is willing to die for Ophelia-fight over Ophelia to the day he dies
‘Let Hercules do what he may, The cat will mew, and the dog will have his day” Speaking: HamletMeaning: Hercules represents strength- Ham is not comparing himself to anyone anymore- he is accepting his fate- he is ready to kill Claud
“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will–“ Speaking: HamletMeaning: He is accepting his fate,fate controls everything-free will
“Why, what a king is this!” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: Taking to Hamlet saying what have you become- he expected H to be better than Claud but he is turning into him- he lost his consciousness**Hamlet becomes the weed
“For by the image of my cause I see The portraiture of his.” Speaking: HamletMeaning: he apologizes to Laertes for fighting at Ophelias grave- he says they both love her the same and Ham sees his own grief in L. Watching Laertes grief made him more upset and he attacked L
“You are not ignorant of what excellence Laertes is-“ Speaking: OsricMeaning: He is hyping up Laertes to get into hamlets head
“I mean, sir, for his weapon. But in the imputation laid on him by them, in his meed he’s unfellowed.” Speaking: OsricMeaning: Hubris will overpower any of Hamlets second thoughts about fighting with Laertes
“(but) thou wouldst not think how ill all’s here about my heart. But it is no matter.”” It is but foolery, but it is such a kind of (gainsgiving) as would perhaps trouble a woman” Speaking: HamletMeaning: he has women’s intuition and knows he is going to be killed but his pride is taking over his conscience and not allowing to think properly he knows its a set up but wont do anything to stop it
“We defy augury. There is (a) special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be (now,) ’tis not to come; if it be to come, it will be, now; if it be not now, yet it (will) come. The readiness is all” Speaking: HamletMeaning: he is accepting his fate and if he dies now it’s his time and he is done running it has killed to many people
“That I have shot my arrow o’er the house And hurt my brother” Speaking: HamletMeaning: he and Laertes were very good friends at one point
“And yet it is almost against my conscience” Speaking: LaertesMeaning: He sees claudius show no remorse- Claud is guilty and things didn’t go the way Laertes thought they went
“Why as a woodcock to mine own springe, Osric” Speaking: LaertesMeaning: tables turned when Hamlet picked up the sword with the poison and stabbed him-he did this to himself
“Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damned dane. Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?” Speaking: HamletMeaning: He tells claudius to his face the reason he is killing him… for marrying Gertrude after killing KH
“Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee, nor thine on me.” Speaking: LaertesMeaning: Polonius death was not Hamlets fault, Laertes knows it was all Claudius
“Thou livest; report me and my cause alright to the unsatisfied.” Speaking: HamletMeaning: He tells Horatio to tell his story, honestly, every part of it to all the people because nobody knows
“I am more an antique Roman than a Dane. here’s yet some liquor left.” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: He wants to die too because he is so loyal to Hamlet
“But I do prophesy the election lights on Fortinbras; he has my dying voice.” Speaking: Hamlet Meaning: This is Hamlet’s first and last order as a king, he says Fortinbras is the new king because he admires him so much
“…Of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts…” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: He is summing up the story but here he exposes that Claud kills his brother and married his brothers wife
“…Of accidental judgements, casual slaughters…” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: Exposing Hamlet killing Polonius. Ophelia’s death and R&G’s death
“…Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause…” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: This is referring to the plot planned to kill Hamlet, also the plot to kill R&G-The forced cause is the plots planned
“… And, in this upshot, purposes mistook fall’n on th’ inventors’ heads. All this can I truly deliver.” Speaking: HoratioMeaning: Everything that everyone did came back to them, what goes around comes around
“I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, which now to claim my vantage doth invite me.” Speaking: FortinbrasMeaning: He is claiming the crown not knowing the crown was already granted to him-Some of the land used to be his fathers, so he is taking back what is rightfully his