Hamlet – a 'noble' man? ACT 1 • GOOD Inspires devotion in his friends and subjects – Horatio & Marcellus follow Hamlet & are determined to protect him. BAD “I have that within which passes show, these but the trappings & the suits of woe” • Loyalty to his father's memory • Disgust at his mother & uncle's immorality “a beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourned longer” /// “oh most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets” • Remains respectful to Gertrude “I shall in all my best obey you madam” /// “It is not nor it cannot come to good, but break my heart for I must hold my tongue” [1st soliloquy – scene 2] • Certain that evil does not go unpunished on this earth “Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes” “My lord he hath importuned me with love in honourable fashion” [Ophelia to Polonius] • Love for Ophelia is pure “It is a custom more honoured in the breach than the observance” • Disapproves of excessive drinking • Brave: willing to risk God's wrath to speak to his father one more time “I'll speak to it though hell itself should gape and bid me hold my peace” Is this evidence that Hamlet is good? Already we see that it is possible to corrupt Hamlet – he will risk doing the 'wrong' thing if it means easing his grief & psychological suffering. His actions in speaking to the ghost show extreme bravery (it could be the devil in disguise) but also a disregard for his own safety because he is already experiencing suicidal despair “I do not set my life at a pin's fee” and does not care if he lives or dies.
My ambitions hath clouded my judgement, I desired the power so much that I could naught distinguish the supernatural insinuation underneath their words. Yet if naught for my husband, Macbeth, whom is “too full of the milk of human kindness”, stumbling into the flaws of every plan, wouldst it naught have turned out different? ‘Twas his fault our power has reigned so short –with his womanly qualities of remorse and guilt, how canst he call himself a man? His conscious ruined my plotting’s and schemes of murder! ‘Tis were me in the armour, and Macbeth in skirts!
“Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I, the son of a dear father murder'd, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with words, And fall a-cursing, like a very drab, A scullion (II.ii.591-596)!” Hamlet believes that because he did not avenge his father’s murder he is womanly fellow. He compares himself not to respectable women, but to whores, drabs, and scullions. This shows that he believes himself to be a true coward, one who cannot do anything but be a whore. Ophelia is considered womanly as well; this shown when Laertes is speaking with her about how important it is to save her virginity.
It connotes authority, basically telling us that a man with this name has the ability to rule a country greatly. The young prince is displayed at the beginning of the book as an addicted time waster for all the wrong things. This is shown in the quote, ‘His addiction was to courses vain’ The use of the word ‘addiction’ gives the sense that Henry not only liked his hobby (which was time wasting), but he was obsessed with it; he craved it. Craving is a negative action, as one can never get enough of an addiction, as they are insatiable. Furthermore, the phrase ‘courses vain’ illustrates that Henry was not even addicted to something beneficial or worthwhile for anybody.
Resilient against having his soul damned to hell, Hamlet second guesses himself and his decision loses “the name of action” (Act III. Scene i. Line 88.). Hamlet considers every possible consequence and scenario thus he over thinks his conflict. Hamlet infers, “conscience does make cowards of us all” suggesting that these potential consequences disallows Hamlet from taking action.
This is significant of the incest, the murder, considering that he is the king and the king was always believed to be chosen by god himself or possibly the fact that he is in purgatory as he left “unhouseled, disappointed [and] unaneled”. Appearance of reality is explored as a theme when Gertrude’s incestuous sin is being discussed. Natural imagery is used again when Shakespeare, through Old Hamlet’s character decides to “leave [Gertrude] to heaven and to those thorns that
But as a devoted Yorkist, he also shares in the doom of that noble house. Character traits: Yorkist: HASTINGS O, 'twas the foulest deed to slay that babe (Rutland), And the most merciless that e'er was heard of! RIVERS And so in me; and so, I think, in all: Yet, since it is but green, it should be put To no apparent likelihood of breach, Which haply by much company might be urged: Therefore I say with noble Buckingham, That it is meet so few should fetch the prince. HASTINGS And so say I. CATESBY He for his father's sake so loves the prince, That he will not be won to aught against him. Gullible (Dramatic Irony): GLOUCESTER No doubt, no doubt; and so shall Clarence too; For they that were your enemies are his, And have prevail'd as much on him as you.
Enter SHYLOCK DUKE Make room, and let him stand before our face. Shylock, the world thinks, and I think so too, That thou but lead'st this fashion of thy malice To the last hour of act; and then 'tis thought Thou'lt show thy mercy and remorse more strange Than is thy strange apparent cruelty; And where thou now exact'st the penalty, Which is a pound of this poor merchant's flesh, Thou wilt not only loose the forfeiture, But, touch'd with human gentleness and love, Forgive a moiety of the principal; Glancing an eye of pity on his losses, That have of late so huddled on his back, Enow to press a royal merchant down And pluck commiseration of his state From brassy bosoms and rough hearts of flint, From stubborn Turks and Tartars, never train'd To offices of tender courtesy. We all expect a gentle answer, Jew. SHYLOCK I have possess'd your grace of what I purpose; And by our holy Sabbath have I sworn To have the due and forfeit of my bond: If you deny it, let the danger light Upon your charter and your city's freedom. You'll ask me, why I rather choose to have A weight of carrion flesh than to
Lear praises nature which he feels that is his goddess. He prays for Goneril’s sterility or if she had a child, that it might live to return the scorn and contempt upon her which she had shown to him. Apart from this, he also makes invocations for the wind to increase during the storm scenes: ‘Blow winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!’ Although the play is set in a pagan setting, Lear prays to the gods to expose criminals and later throughout the play, for the wellbeing of Cordelia and it is through these cries of help that we can notice that no matter how much the king prayed for righteous justice to be served that his prayers remained unanswered.
Macbeth Quote Analysis -Quotes-“There’s no art, to find the minds construction in the face” 2) “Come you spirits, that tend to moral thoughs, unsex me here, and fill me, from the crown to the toe, top full”. 3) “ I have no spur, to prick the sides of my intent, but only vaulting ambition”. Task A I find that the first quote really establishes a contrast in the play because it shows a great similarity. In this precise quote Malcolm tells his father, the king, of the disloyal acts committed by the thane of Cawdor towards him and his kingdom. The similarity is that Macbeth who the king hails and shows great respect for will later in the story commit the ultimate act of treason and murder his king.