Hamlet Act Four & Five

“Mad as the sea and wind, when both commend/Which is the mightier.”Speaker/Literary Device GertrudeSimile
“A man may fish with a worm that hath eat of a king, and/eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.”Speaker/Theme HamletDeath
“Hamlet, this deed, for thine especial safety, /Which we do tender, as we dearly grieve/ For that which thou hast done, must send thee hence/ With fiery quickness”Speaker/Literary Device ClaudiusMetaphor
“And England, if my love thou hold’t at aught/ … / The present death of Hamlet. Do it England, / For like the hectic in my blood he rages, / And thou must cure me. Till I know ’tis done. / Howe’er my haps my joys were ne’er begun.”Speaker/ Literary Device ClaudiusSimile
“How all occasions do inform against me, /And spur my dull revenge!” Hamlet
“To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is, / Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss. / So full of artless jealousy is guilt, / It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.”Speaker/Literary Device GertrudeMetaphor/Alliteration
“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, / But in battalions.”Speaker/ Literary Device / Theme ClaudiusProverb/MaximCorruption
“Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s Day,/ All in the morning bedtime, /And I a maid at your window, /To be your Valentine. /Then up he rose and donned his clothes / And dumped the chamber door.”Speaker/ Theme OpheliaDeath/Madness
“O heavens, is’t possible a young maid’s wits/ Should be as mortal as an old man’s life?”Speaker/Theme LaertesMadness
“So you shall/And where th’ offense is, let the great axe fall.”Speaker/ Device / About Whom ClaudiusMetaphorHamlet
“… the great love the general gender bear him…” Claudius
“I’ll have preferred him/ A chalice for the nonce, whereon but sipping, / If he by chance escape your venomed stuck, /Our purpose may hold there.” Claudius
“Her clothes spread wide,/ And mermaid like awhile they bore her up,/Which time she chanted snatches of old lauds/As one incapable of her own distress”Speaker/Literary Device/Theme GertrudeSimileMadness
“To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he find it stopping a bug-hole?”Speaker/LD/Theme HamletAllusionDeath
“Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to into dust; the dust is earth, of earth, we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he was converted might they not stop a beer-barrel?”Speaker/LD/Theme HamletAllusionDeath
“Sweets to the sweet; farewell!”Speaker/LD GertrudeMetaphor
“I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers/Could not, with all their quantity of love,/make up my sum”Speaker/LD HamletHyperbole
“Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well,/When our deep plots do fail: and that should teach us/There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,/Rough-hew them how we will.”Speaker/LD/Theme HamletPersonificationFate
“There’s a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, “tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all. Since no man has aught of what he leaves, what is’t to leave betimes?”Speaker/LD HamletMetaphor
“Give me your pardon, sir: I have done you wrong:/But pardon’t, as you are a gentleman.”Speaker Hamlet
“I am justly kill’d with mine own treachery”Speaker/LD/Theme LaertesIronyRevenge
“I cannot live to hear the news from England;/But i do prophesy the election lights/ On Fortinbras: he has my dying voice;”Speaker Hamlet
“O proud death,/What feast is toward in thine eternal cell,/That thou so many princes at a shot/So bloodily has struck?”Speaker/LD FortinbrasPersonification
“give order that these bodies/High on a stage be placed to the view;/And let me speak to the yet unknowing world/How these things came about: so shall you hear/of carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts;/Of accidental judgments,casual slaughters;/ Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause;/And, in this upshot, purposes mistook/Fall’n on the inventors’ heads: all this can I/Truly deliver.”Speaker Horatio
“For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune;/I have some rights of memory in this kingdom,/Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me,”Speaker Fortinbras