I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! I will belong to the select few. He is also telling Hamlet that he is his kin and next heir to the throne. It does not mean that the custom is widely ignored or given only lip-service. Hamlet: I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory, this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. Come, let me clutch thee. Since divine providence is involved in the death of an insignificant sparrow, Hamlet is unafraid, for if his own death does not happen now, it will happen in the future; if his death does not happen in the future then it will happen now, but if it does not happen now it is sure to come, so being ready for death is all important.
Sorry, that sounds like it should be a joke but the answer is: a sarcast. Horatio's goodbye tribute to Hamlet is eloquent and self-explanatory. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Ophelia has come to her father to relate Hamlet's strange behavior and Polonius attributes the strangeness to the madness of love and not to disillusionment with women in general because of his mother's hasty marriage. Sarcasm is used for many different reasons, often to simply subvert the original meaning of what is being said as a satire or sending up of the subject. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.
And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Indeed, my lord, it follow'd hard upon. And do you now put on your best attire? Shakespeare reveals how the scourge of corruption and decay rapidly spread; and the emotional consequences that follow. Witches: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Hamlet's thoughts return to what's to happen next it will be bad, but worse has happened in the past. He has given Hamlet nearly all varieties of humor, from the playful to the sardonic.
Jones was Flash Gordon - there's no such thing. What a piece of work is a man! King Lear King Lear: Turn all her mother's pains and benefits To laughter and contempt; that she may feel How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child! His first meeting with Horatio furnishes opportunity. Many a time and oft Have you climb'd up to walls and battlements, To towers and windows, yea, to chimney-tops, Your infants in your arms, and there have sat The livelong day, with patient expectation, To see great Pompey pass the streets of Rome: And when you saw his chariot but appear, Have you not made an universal shout, That Tiber trembled underneath her banks, To hear the replication of your sounds Made in her concave shores? Hamlet begins his famous soliloquy bemoaning his father's death and his mother's swift remarriage after a lifetime of thinking his mother was totally devoted to his father. The king says that this murder is a serious matter, especially serious because the victim could just as well been himself us. Hamlet implies that anyone can fake these outward signs of grief, but that what he feels is deeper. In some of the most tragic moments of his career he has the sanity to play with his tormentors and with the sad conditions of his life. Julius Ceasar: Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
The gravedigger has just informed Hamlet that the skull he holds was Yorick's skull, the king's jester who died twenty-three years ago when Hamlet was a boy. Hamlet happens upon the king, who is all alone, and therefore an easy target pat , but changes his mind when he realizes he is praying. Hamlet is tiring of games and says he is about to his breaking point. Hamlet tells Polonius he wants the players treated well, as they have the ability to characterize the individual and the times, although the individual is better off getting a bad epitaph, rather than a bad reputation while alive. Hamlet is letting Horatio know how much he values him as a friend, assuring him that he has no reason to flatter him as Horatio has no fortune.
Hamlet curses his uncle and his smiles which give the impression that nothing is wrong. The dead king's ghost tells Hamlet that he could horrify him with tales of purgatory, but that this information is not for the living. Ophelia is practicing the ancient relationship breakup ritual of returning the gifts received in happier times, saying that expensive gifts from him only remind her of his recent meanness. The problem with taking the statement as sarcasm is that Hamlet is apparently vowing to be like Fortinbras. Your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not. He asks his mother to forgive him his virtue the virtue of pointing out her errors , for in the fatness of current time, things are the reverse of what they should be, which causes honesty to ask wrongdoing's pardon instead of vice versa.
In his lawless fit, Behind the arras hearing something stir, Whips out his rapier, cries, 'A rat, a rat! Go to, I'll no more marriages; those that are married already, all but one, shall live; the rest shall keep as they are. When Polonius says that he does have a daughter, Hamlet replies, In other words, if Polonius is going to keep Ophelia away from Hamlet for fear that she'll get knocked up, he better keep her out of the sun, too, because even the sun can produce bastard pregnancies. To die, to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. As soon as the others leave, Hamlet begins to castigate himself for not taking revenge upon King Claudius sooner. His father's ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered and sent to eternity without the benefit of the sacrament, unannointed, without extreme unction or spiritual preparation of any kind. Yoksa kim dayanabilir zamanın kırbacına? The basis of the jests is apparently Hamlet's intuition that Polonius forced Ophelia to dump him.
If we act as if our lives will never end, it's not tragic; it only shows that we are silly sheep. Article in The English Review, November, 1916. This should make certain the real soundness as well as the great fertility of Hamlet's mind. The ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his brother Claudius, who is now the current king and who recently married the former king 's wife. Of course Polonius cannot go backwards in time, but he doesn't understand what Hamlet has just said, thus emphasizing what a dolt he is.
Hamlet then associates Laertes and people in general with domestic pets, saying that no matter what a hero Hercules and perhaps by implication Hamlet himself, the prince may do, his inferiors will continue on their own ignorant courses. Both may even be called, in a popular sense, philosophic; Brutus may be called so in a stricter sense. Hamlet Claudius: That we with wisest sorrow think on him, Together with remembrance of ourselves. This is the very coinage of your brain. Hamlet has arranged a play on the of the killing of a king.