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Useful knowledge Publishing Company, 1882 - 148 pages
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Amanda Martin
Mrs. Wynkoop
English Lit, 2nd hour
15 March 2009
Hamlet
Shakespeare, a well known English writer who has his works profound within high school curriculums, wrote this fantastic piece, Hamlet, after publishing Macbeth, Julius Caesar, King Richard and many more fabulous iambic pentameter playwrights. Shakespeare is a best-selling writer within his era. He is a successful playwright, and has many glorious quotes within his plays.
“To be, or not to be, that is the question,” is one of the best-known quotes. Hamlet stated this, as an equivocation. He meant that all things in life are contradicting, with good and evil. Hamlet was a beautiful anecdote that shows how life as a leader is complicated and full of power-crazed individuals who find the need to kill and take what’s not theirs. King Hamlet was killed, and his apparition, or ghost, told his son Hamlet to avenge his death. The introduction was powerful. Two young men see King Hamlet’s apparition, and get Hamlet to see what they saw. Present King Claudius killed King Hamlet for the crown, and married Queen Gertrude, King Hamlet’s wife. This unseen treason of King Claudius showed that “something rotten is in Denmark,” and the nation is corrupt. Corrupt leaders affect their country directly, making the nation also corrupt.
The accidental death of Polonius shows that not everything is perfect and thought out, unlike King Claudius’ plan. The Tragedy of Hamlet shows family quarrel, deception, lies, lust, anger, sin, truth, vengeance and revenge. This is an excellent read for high school and college student looking to expand their knowledge of English literature. This successful piece of work is a colorful adventure of the conscious mind, and the truly evil people out there. I enjoyed this play, even though it is meant to be presented as a play, and is difficult to just sit down and read. Shakespeare’s works are unparalleled, and a blessing to read. It is not only a representation of royalty, but of all classes, and of all people. Don’t just take my word for it, pick it up for a sensational, mind-blowing experience.
 

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Page 27 - So, oft it chances in particular men, That for some vicious mole of nature in them, As, in their birth, — wherein they are not guilty, Since nature cannot choose his origin, — By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, Or by some habit that too much o'er-leavens The form of plausive manners; that these men, Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, Being nature's livery, or fortune's star, Their virtues else, be they as pure as grace, As infinite as...
Page 68 - Get thee to a nunnery ; Why would'st thou be a breeder of sinners ? I am myself indifferent honest ; but yet I could accuse me of such things, that it were better, my mother had not borne me : I am very proud, revengeful, ambitious ; with more offences at my beck, than I have thoughts to put them in, imagination to give them shape, or time to act them in...
Page 15 - Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, modes, shows of grief, That can denote me truly; these indeed seem, For they are actions that a man might play: But I have that within which passeth show; These but the trappings and the suits of woe.
Page 62 - I'll leave you till night: you are welcome to Elsinore. Ros. Good my lord ! [Exeunt Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Ham. Ay, so, God be wi' you : — Now I am alone. O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I ! Is it not monstrous, that this player here, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion, Could force his soul so to his own conceit...
Page 110 - King What is the cause, Laertes, That thy rebellion looks so giant-like? Let him go, Gertrude; do not fear our person: There's such divinity doth hedge a king, That treason can but peep to what it would, Acts little of his will.
Page 34 - Remember thee? Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat In this distracted globe. Remember thee? Yea, from the table of my memory I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past, That youth and observation copied there; And. thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmix'd with baser matter: yes, by heaven.
Page 105 - Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw, When honour's at the stake.
Page 17 - O, that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew ! Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God ! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world ! Fie on't ! ah fie ! 'tis an unweeded garden, That grows to seed ; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely.
Page 29 - What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord, Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea, And there assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason...
Page 63 - 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!

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