Denmark has a long-standing feud with neighbouring Norway, in which King Hamlet slew King Fortinbras of Norway in a battle some years ago. After the ghost appears again, the three vow to tell Prince Hamlet what they have witnessed.
Hamlet's first words in the play show him playing with words in order to state a paradox: Claudius is twice related to him, as uncle and stepfather, but not really his kin or kind at all.
This is Hamlet's response to the King's question, "How is it that the clouds still hang on you? Hamlet bitterly jokes that the real reason his mother's remarriage came so soon after her husband's death, was so that she could save money by serving the leftover funeral refreshments to the wedding guests.
This famous phrase is widely misunderstood. It does not mean that the custom is widely ignored or given only lip-service. Hamlet is saying, "Yes, it is a long-standing custom for we Danes to make a lot of noise when we drink, but the best way we could do honor to that custom would be to drop it.
Hamlet says this when his friends, Horatio and Marcellus, try to keep him from following the Ghost. So he's saying, "I'll make a ghost of anyone who keeps me from the Ghost.
The basis of the jests is apparently Hamlet's intuition that Polonius forced Ophelia to dump him. In Hamlet's opinion, Polonius sacrificed his daughter's happiness in order to suck up to the King.
Thus, "fishmonger" is often explained as slang for "pimp," despite the fact that there is no evidence that the word was used that way in Shakespeare's time. Hamlet then makes his insult sharper by wishing that Polonius were as honest as a fishmonger, which is to say that Polonius is lower than the lowest of the low.
Hamlet goes on to say that "to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man pick'd out of ten thousand" and then says what Polonius probably thinks is a very crazy thing: One meaning is that it's not surprising that Polonius is such a hypocrite, because the life-giving sun can produce all kinds of disgusting things, especially from other disgusting things.
The second meaning Hamlet explains, though not so Polonius can understand. When Polonius says that he does have a daughter, Hamlet replies, "Let her not walk i' the sun: 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.
Polonius then follows up with a clarification, "What is the matter, my lord? He takes "matter" to mean something wrong as we do when we say "What's the matter with you?
He pretends that the author of the book has written that old men have "grey beards," wrinkled faces, and a "plentiful lack of wit. And although it's not nice to point out to anyone that we all get old, wrinkled and foolish, it's a terrible truth that Polonius doesn't realize about himself.
Hamlet puts this last point backwards, saying that Polonius will get younger "old as I am" if he can go backwards in time. 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. Moments later, Hamlet makes a comment that sounds similar, but expresses a great weariness with life.
Polonius says goodbye with the usual polite words, "My lord, I will take my leave of you," and Hamlet replies "You cannot, sir, take from me any thing that I will willingly part withal: Hamlet means that he is very willing to be free of Polonius, and that he is even more willing to be free of his own life.The Ghost of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “Purpose is but the Slave to Memory.” Leave a comment.
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Tagged in. ghosts hamlet memory Study william shakespeare. Posted on Oct 17, To me, the role of the ghost is to spur Hamlet into his dilemma. Without the ghost, it is hard to know how Hamlet would find.
Critical Comment on Hamlet By initiativeblog.com Assistant Professor of English (in association with) • The actor in question is stepping out of his role and commenting on the play and on the character he is playing, objectively, or sardonically, or whatever.
before ever encountering the ghost, Hamlet does seriously mention suicide as a. —Hamlet has just seen and spoken to his father's ghost (who the queen cannot see or hear) in the queen's presence, yet warns her not to chalk up his words to madness: Hamlet declares that her sin is the cause of his diatribe, not his madness.
Oct 16, · The Ghost comes back to tell Hamlet about the murder, and to demand that she seek revenge." She said the hardest part of playing two different characters is to . Collett tackled the sizable role of Hamlet with vigor, while Sweet lent her considerable talents to the bulk of the other main characters.
Logistics were clearly a key consideration in divvying up the parts, but neither Collett or Sweet was ever half-hearted in her portrayal of even the smallest role.
Although by the end of Hamlet it seems that Hamlet as a character (full character analysis of Hamlet here) has abandoned the idea of the ghost’s suggestions and call for revenge, the question causes both Hamlet and the reader alike to question two prevailing views .