Hamlet Quotes by Theme – DEATH

HAMLET: Hillo, ho, ho boy! Come bird comeAct 1 Scene 5 A sign of his decent into madness or just friendly conversation between friends Hamlet mocks Marcellus by turning his halloo into a falcons bird call- a conceit continued throughout the play
HAMLET:As I perchance hereafter shall think meetTo put an antic disposition on (aside)Act 1 Scene 5 Hamlet is already “melancholy” which in Elizabethan time was a sign of madness which they believed was caused by the devil His madness is an act of deception, concocted to draw attention away from him as he tries to gather evidence against Claudius
OPHELIA:Pale as his shirt with his knees knocking each other, and with a look so piteous in purportas if he had been loosed out of hellAct 2 Scene 1 Imagery of his disheveled appearance reflects his state of mind caused by Ophelia’s refusal Symbolis of hamet being as bare as his love Hamlet is possibly angry with Ophelia for obeying Polonius and stopping their relationship, Hamlet thinks shes changed like Guertrude showing his mistrust of women
POLONIUS:That hath made him madAct 2 Scene 1 Believes Hamlet’s madness was cause by lust or the betrayal of his live by Ophelia
HAMLET: For is the sun breed maggots in a dead dog,being a good kissing carrion- have you a daughter? Act 2 Scene 2 Hamlet mocks Polonius showing that he is quick witted and immature which links to his antic disposition”kissing… conception… conceive” Semantic field of pregnancy possibly shows his love for Ophelia through romantic references or is used to further mock and disturb Polonius.Hamlet compares Ophelia to a “dead dog” that “breeds maggots” while rotting in the sun – Maggots and dead flesh a metaphor for Claudius and the corruption of the state?
POLONIUS:He knew me not at first; he said I was a fish monger.He is far gone. And truly, in my youth, I suffered much extremity for love, very near this.Act 2 Scene 2 Hamlet is “far gone, far gone” in his love for Ophelia. Hamlet calls Polonius a “fishmonger,” it seems clear that Hamlet is mocking Polonius or playing the part of his “antic disposition” (a madman but also a “grotesque” or “clown” figure). A “fishmonger” is slang for “pimp,” and Hamlet seems to be saying that he knows Polonius is using his daughter (like a pimp would use a prostitute) to spy on Hamlet and curry favor with King Claudius.
HAMLET:”The earth seems to me a sterile primontory””this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire””it appeaars no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours” Act 2 Scene 2 Nature Imagery of sanityHe has lost all joy, and although he can still appreciate the grandeur of humanity conceptually, he no longer derives happiness from human interaction.He examines the earth, the air, and the sun, and rejects them as “a sterile promontory” and “a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.”It is also telling that Hamlet makes humankind more impressive in “apprehension” (meaning understanding) than in “action.” Hamlet himself is more prone to apprehension than to action, which is why he delays so long before seeking his revenge on Claudius.
HAMLET:I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsawAct 2 Scene 2 Admits his antic disposition to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
GERTRUDE:Mad as the sea and wind when both contendwhich is the mightierAct 4 Scene 1 Proverbial. This metaphor works on two levels. One: Hamlet’s madness is described as a tumultuous storm at sea. Two: the wind and sea competing with each other symbolizes Hamlet’s fragmented personality – his consciousness is being pulled in various directions.
CLAUDIUS: – Poor OpheliaDivided from herself and her fair judgment, without the which we are pictures or mere beastsAct 4 Scene 5 Ophelia’s clear mental deterioration, then, seems to stand in stark contrast to Hamlet’s feigned madness. Critics suggest that Ophelia “cracks” under patriarchal pressure
OPHELIA:Tomorrow is Saint Valentine’s day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine. Song verse creates contrast and shows her madness through a lack of coherency Symbolism of saint valentine and love – the Saint has affiliation to roses and birds linking to Ophelia’s relation to the flower later in the scene and bird imagery through the playSong’s theme is of unrequited love leading critics to believe that this is proof of Hamlet’s dismissal of her love and the guilt of her fathers death only exhasibates the situation

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