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Passage Analysis Hamlet

648 words - 3 pages

Nicole Ferrier
Mr. Elson
ENG4U
22 July, 2016
Quotation Test
Choice 1: Option 1
"How all occasions do inform against me
And spur my dull revenge! What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unus’d."
1. (4.4.31-38) - Hamlet.
2. This passage helps to develop the theme of revenge and the conflict between Hamlet and Claudius, as well as, Hamlet's inner conflict. Hamlet has a conflict with himself regarding what the right thing to do is the entire play. This passage displays his determination to push through a fog of the unknown and just get his revenge on Claudius. This somewhat develops Hamlet's character, but it definitely enhances the theme of revenge.
3. A literal ...view middle of the document...

Although it is Laertes, who is wanting to kill Hamlet, this really relates to the conflict between Claudius and Hamlet because the rage wasn't built up in Laertes – it was built up by Claudius in hopes that Laertes will do his dirty work for him.
3. A literal translation: I will cut Hamlet's throat in church.
Choice 3: Option 3
"Hear you, sir;
What is the reason that you use me thus?
I lov’d you ever: but it is no matter;
Let Hercules himself do what he may,
The cat will mew, and dog will have his day."
1. (5.1.274-278) - Hamlet.
2. This passage helps develop Hamlet's character as well as Laertes. Even though this is at the end of the play, during Ophelia's funeral, Hamlet's character is still developing. Here it is apparent that Hamlet never meant for this to happen, but he references Hercules when saying that he can't make them not be themselves just like even Hercules can't stop cats and dogs from acting like cats and dogs. This also develops Laertes character by showing the audience that he will do anything for his family and that he will always hold them near and dear to him.
3. A literal translation: Listen, why are you treating me like this? I always loved you. But I see it doesn't matter. Even a hero like Hercules couldn’t stop cats from acting like cats and dogs from acting like dogs.
Choice 4: Option 2
"The king, sir, hath laid that, in a dozen passes between
your and him, he shall not exceed you three hits: he hath
laid on twelve for nine; and it would come to immediate trial
if your lordship would vouchsafe the answer."
1. (5.2.161-164) - Osric.
2. This passage develops the theme of death and deceit. This message from King Claudius, delivered by Osric, presents what seems to be a harmless duel, but the blade that Laertes will use is actually coated in poison, bringing about his death.
3. A literal translation: The king has bet that in a dozen rounds with Laertes, he won’t beat you by more than three hits. If you give me your answer, you can get started right away.

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