Hamlet

Hamlet/#1/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “This bodes some strange
eruption to our state.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Line
80.  Horatio to Marcellus.  The “This” in the quote is the Ghost of the late Danish King Hamlet. A skeptical Horatio, Prince Hamlet’s classmate and good friend, is taken aback. The Ghost, we’re told, looks just like Hamlet’s father. Horatio says “’Tis strange.” Marcellus, a soldier-guard, jumps in, saying “Twice before with martial stalk hath he gone by our watch.” Horatio then offers this quote. This quote sets the tone for the play.

Hamlet/#2/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “The Ghost is like the foreshadowing
of feared events, as harbingers preceding still the fates and prologue to the
omen coming on.”

Answer:  Act 1, Scene 1,
Lines 133-135.  Horatio to two soldier-guards. Horatio tells the two startled and frightened young men that such happenings as this have preceded changes in climates and countries.

Hamlet/#3/Quotes and Answers

Quote:  “We do it wrong, being so majestical, for it is as the air,
invulnerable.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 158-160.  Marcellus to Horatio.  The Ghost has entered and then exited, and then re-enters and re-exits, and the Ghost’s actions confound the men. They are bewildered. They look to each other for an answer.

Hamlet/#4/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “A little more than kin and less
than kind.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Line 67.
Hamlet to himself.  Hamlet is distressed over his mother’s quick marriage to Claudius and over the circumstances that surround his father’s death. Claudius is now king. Claudius is Hamlet’s uncle; he is the late King Hamlet’s brother. Hamlet doesn’t like being called “son” by the new king. Hamlet feels, as in the quote, that his Uncle Claudius and his mother were “unkind” to marry so soon after his father’s death.

Hamlet/#5/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “Thou know’st ‘tis common; all
that lives must die, passing through nature to eternity.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 74-75.  Gertrude to Hamlet.  Hamlet’s mother uses this quote to attempt to shake her son out of his despondency, believing that he is grieving too long over his father’s death. The bigger issue for Hamlet, however, seems to be his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle, rather than his father’s death.

Hamlet/#6/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “But you must know your father
lost a father; that father lost, lost his.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 93-94.  Claudius to Hamlet.  Hamlet has just told Claudius and his mother that the issue is more than that “which passes show; these but the trappings and the suits of woe.” He doesn’t identify the “issue.” The issue is that he resents his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle. Claudius offers this quote, believing Hamlet’s sadness is a result of his father’s death.

Hamlet/#7/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “O, that this too, too sullied
flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 133-134.  Hamlet to
himself.  Hamlet, resenting both his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle and how quickly Claudius moved forward to become king following the death of his father, wishes he could remove himself from it all. He could be a little more assertive and feel less the victim. He is, after all, the Prince of Denmark.

Hamlet/#8/Quotes and Answers

Quote: “If it assume my noble father’s
person, I’ll speak to it.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 265-266.  Hamlet to those present.  Horatio and the guards have just told Hamlet of their encounter with the apparition (the Ghost). Hamlet tells them to be silent about whatever they have seen or heard that night. He offers this quote.

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Quote: “All is not well.  Would the night were come!  Till then, sit still, my soul.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 277-278.  Hamlet to himself.  Horatio and the guards have left the stage, having told Hamlet about the visits from the Ghost when “two nights together they thus encountered a figure like your father.” Hamlet is eager to talk to the Ghost.

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Quote: “Perhaps he loves you now, but
you must fear, his will is not his own, for on his choice depends the health of
this whole state.”

Answer: Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 17-24.  Laertes to Ophelia. Laertes gives his younger sister some big-brotherly advice. Laertes and Ophelia are Polonius’ children. Polonius and King Hamlet were very good friends. Polonius is now an advisor to Claudius. Ophelia is Hamlet’s girlfriend. Laertes is telling his sister that she needs to keep Prince Hamlet at arm’s-length. She hears her brother but is rightfully skeptical of some of his advice.