Hamlet – Key Quotes: ACT 4

“I’ll have prepared him a chalice for the nonce” Claudius is eager to kill Hamlet
“Revenge should have no bounds” Claudius sees vengeance as a neccesary
“I will work him to an exploit” Claudius is willing to kill his own nephew
“The queen his mother lives almost by his looks” Claudius deems Gertrude to be the main follower of Hamlet
“And where the offence is, let the great axe fall” Claudius advises Laertes to kill Hamlet
“When sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions” Claudius talks about how trouble comes in multiples
“O, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth” Hamlet has changed and is willing to react and kill his father
“One part wisdom and ever three parts coward” Hamlet admits his flaws
“For like the hectic in my blood he rages, and thou must cure me” Claudius describes Hamlet like a disease
“How dangerous is it that this man gets loose” Claudius feels threatened by Hamlet
“His liberty is full of threats to all” Claudius is scared of Hamlet
“I must be cruel only to be kind. This bad begins, and worse remains behind” Hamlet tells us that there is worse to come than just the killing of Polonius
“Marriage vows as false as dicer’s oaths” Hamlet accuses Gertrudes marriage with Claudius as being fake
“Almost as bad, good mother, as kill a king, and marry with his brother” Hamlet informs his mother that Claudius is responsible for the killing of Old Hamlet