Hamlet Quotes, Act I Scene V

My hour is almost come, When I to sulf’rous and tormenting flames must render up myself Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletIt is almost morning, must hurry for he will go back to purgatory (description of the place)
Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder Spoken by: GhostTo: Hamletrevenge my death, which was executed so sinfully (interesting points for neither church believed in revenge)
With wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love Spoken by: HamletTo: GhostThe murder is foul and unnatural, but he will avenge it with love (ironic)
A serpent stung me Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletAllusion to Adam and Eve, Claudius is the serpent
So the whole ear of Denmark is… Rankly abused Spoken by: GhostTo:HamletEar motif, all of Denmark has been affected by Claudius’ actions, Rankly = disease imagery
Won to his shameful lust the will of my most seeming-virtuous queen Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletMotif of illusions (seeming), ghost is commenting on her weakness but he is not blaming her (blaming Claudius)
Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven, so lust, to a radiant angel linked, will sate itself in a celestial bed, and prey on garbage Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletReligious/purity imagery, Gertrude is the angel/virtue, Claudius is the garbage
Methinks I scent the morning air, brief let me be Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletReference to time, ironic for he has a looonnnng speech
By a brothers hand of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletRepitition, emphasizes what Claudius’ motives were and what he will in the future refuse to give up
Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, unhouseled, disappointed, and unaneled Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletWhen the late Hamlet died he received no holy sacrament, was unprepared for death, and had no time to repent his sins
Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest Spoken by: GhostTo:HamletA reference to the union of Claudius and Gertrude
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletGentleness on king, do not harm/blame your mother, keep your mind focused
The glowworm shows the matin to be near and ‘gins to pale his uneffectual fire Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletReference to time, glowworm=sun, he can’t be out during the day
Remember me Spoken by: GhostTo: HamletHis last message, remember my story and avenge my death, do not forget the purpose
Whiles memory holds a seat in this distracted globe Spoken by: HamletTo: SoliloquyGlobe = his mind, reference to his fatal flaw, perhaps even foreshadowin
From the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial find records Spoken by: HamletTo: SoliloquyHe’ll clear his mind of all thoughts except this one, of revenge
Thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain unmixed with baser matter Spoken by: HamletTo: SoliloquyA reflection of his character, ironic because this does not end up happening
O most pernicious woman! O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain Spoken by: HamletTo: SoliloquyBelittling his mother (motif of misogyny), and speaking of the deception of Claudius
I have sworn’t Spoken by: HamletTo: SoliloquySwears to avenge his father and focus only on that task but he breaks this promis
Your business and desire shall point you, for every man hath business and desire Spoken by: HamletTo: HoratioMotivation/motive is what propels people to do things (subtle reference to Claudius??)
Well said, old mole! Spoken by: HamletTo:Ghost (though he is off stage)Reference to spying and disease imagery again
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy Spoken by: HamletTo: HoratioEven he and knowledge cannot explain all things such as the supernatural
The time is out of joint Spoken by: HamletTo: himself, but Horatio and Marcellus are thereNatural course of things have been upset, all is not as it should be
O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right! Spoken by: HamletTo: himself, but Horatio and Marcellus are thereReference to the time out of joint, cursing that it is his fate to reorder Denmark, it is a burden for him

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