Hamlet Vocabulary and Literature Definition

harbinger a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another
unfold yourself disclose your identity
soft an exclamation requesting silence
happily perhaps or fortunately
lose your voice waste your words
cousin kinsman
obsequious dutiful
sullied stained, defiled
goodly admirable, excellent
season your admiration control your astonishment
marry a mild oath derived from “By the Virgin Mary”
shrewdly keenly
pith and marrow essence
mark me pay attention to me
bound ready or obligated
orchard palace garden
hebona a poison
matin morning
truepenny honest fellow
hic et ubique here and everywhere
what means what is there supply of money
wanton rebellious
closet private room
havior perhaps, youthful manner or behavior
vouchsafe your rest agree to stay
sift examine closely
arras a hanging screen of rich tapestry fabric
pregnant full of meaning
Roscius a Roman actor in the first century BCE
Seneca a Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies
Plautus a Roman writer of comedies
Mars the Roman god of war
Jephthah a man who had to sacrifice his daughter in a biblical story
John-a-dreams a proverbial name for an absent-minded dreamer
rub obstacle
shuffled off this mortal coil untagled ourselves from the flesh, detached from human affairs
makes calamity of such long life put up with unhappiness for a long time
undiscovered unexplored
puzzles paralyzes
soft you now an exclamation to interrupt speech
affections emontions, mental state
doubt fear
dumb show a scene without words
argument plot
chorus a character who tells the audience what they are about to see
pardon permission to depart
glass looking glass, mirror
remains behind is yet to come
softly slowly
Gis Jesus
spies individual soldiers sent by the army to scout out the territory
muddied stirred up, confused
in hugger-mugger without proper ceremony, secretly and hastily
cuckhold betrayed husband
rue symbol of sorrow or reptance
ostentation ceremony
character handwriting
mortal deadly
give me leave let me go on
quiddities hair splitting defenitions
quillities quibbles
strewments flowers strewn on a grave
sweets to the sweet sweet flowers to the sweet maiden
wand’ring stars planets
anon a short time
shriving time time for confession
complexion temprament
play fence
deliver tell
passage passig, death
pun a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or fact that sound alike
metaphor a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable:
couplet two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme
soliloquy an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play
allusion an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference
aside A term used in drama and theater, happens when a character’s dialogue is spoken but not heard by the other actors on the stage, useful for giving the audience special information about the other characters onstage or the action of the plot.