Hamlet Quote Test

Long live the King! Barnardo to Franciscothe watchword(Act 1, Scene 1, Line 3)
You are the most immediate to our throne King Claudius to HamletKing is telling Hamlet not to return to school(Act 1, Scene 2, Line 113)
O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into dew. A soliloquy of HamletHe wishes he could cease to exist(Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 133-134)
Let me not think on’t; frailty, thy name is woman! A soliloquy of HamletHe hates his mother and uncle’s marriageAct 1, Scene 2, Line 150)
Neither a borrower nor a lender be Polonius to LaertesPolonius is giving advice to Laertes before he goes to France(Act 1, Scene 3, Line 81)
This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man Polonius to LaertesIf you are true to yourself, you will be true to others. More advice to Laertes before he goes to France.(Act 1, Scene 3, Lines 84-86)
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Marcellus to HoratioSomething is wrong in Denmark; when Hamlet goes to speak to the ghost.(Act 1, Scene 4, Line 100)
As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on Hamlet to HoratioThe next time Horatio sees Hamlet, Hamlet will be acting crazy
The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right. Hamlet to HoratioHamlet’s world has been turned upside down.(Act 1, Scene 5, Lines 210-211
Brevity is the soul of wit. Polonius to King and QueenIronic because Polonius is never brief – says this before he tells them the reason for Hamlet’s madness(Act 2, Scene 2, Line 97)
Words, words, words. Hamlet to PoloniusIn response to Polonius question about what Hamlet is reading.(Act 2, Scene 2, Line 210)
Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t. Polonius (aside)What Hamlet is saying is crazy, but there is a reason for it.(Act 2, Scene 2, Line 221)
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw. Hamlet to GuildensternHamlet is only crazy when he wants to be; it is an act, and he is fully aware of what is going on.(Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 402-402)
More relative than this. The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the King. Hamlet’s soliloquyHamlet wants to prove the King’s guilt(Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 633-634)
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. Ophelia to HamletShe doesn’t want his gifts anymore because he is not who she thought he was.(Act 3, Scene 1, Line 111)
Madness in great ones must not (unwatched) go. King Claudius to PoloniusThe King is worried for his own safety because of Hamlet’s madness.(Act 3, Scene 1, Line 202)
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Queen Gertrude to HamletSpeaking during the play; thinks the woman in the play should just marry the man and move on.(Act 3, Scene 2, Line 254)
Give me some light! Away! King Claudius to gathered companyThis shows the King’s guilt which is provoked by the play.(Act 3, Scene 2, Line 295)
I will speak (daggers) to her, but use none. Soliloquy of HamletHe plans to speak harshly with his mother.(Act 3, Scene 2, Line 429)
O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven. King Claudius’ soliloquyHis crime is horrible; he says this when trying to pray.(Act 3, Scene 3, Line 40)
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; words without thoughts never to heaven go. King ClaudiusHe cannot pray for forgiveness because he isn’t sorry for what he has done.(Act 3, Scene 3, Lines 102-103)
That I essentially am not in madness, but mad in craft. Hamlet to Queen GertrudeHe is trying to convince the Queen that he is only acting, and not really mad.(Act 3, Scene 4, Lines 209-210)
Whom I will trust as I will Adders fanged. Hamlet to Queen GertrudeReferring to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; doesn’t trust them.(Act 3, Scene 4, Line 226)
There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies that’s for thoughts. Ophelia to LaertesDemonstrates Ophelia’s lack of touch with reality and developing insanity.(Act 4, Scene 5, Lines 199-201)
To cut his throat I’ th’ church. Laertes to King ClaudiusShows Laertes’ desire to kill Hamlet(Act 4, Scene 7, Line 144)
Sweets to the sweet, farewell. Queen Gertrude to dead OpheliaSweet flowers for a sweet girl(Act 5, Scene 1, Line 254)
The cat will mew, and the dog will have his day. Hamlet to everyone, especially LaertesEverything will happen as it is supposed to; says this after he tell everyone he loves Ophelia
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will. Hamlet to HoratioOur destiny is fixed, no matter what(Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 11-12)
That I have shot my arrow o’er the house and hurt my brother. Hamlet to LaertesHe says this to prove his innocence in killing Polonius; he is sick with madness, not his fault(Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 257-258)
But I do prophesy the election lights on Fortinbras; he has my dying voice. Hamlet to everyoneSays Fortinbras will be the next king.(Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 392-393)
Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Horatio to HamletHis farewell to Hamlet(Act 5, Scene 2, Lines 396-397)
aside words spoken to the audience so other characters cannot hear
anachronism something or someone that is not in its historical or chronological place
blank verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
soliloquy monologue made by one character alone on stage; reveals true feelings
tragic hero hero with a tragic flaw whose death affects the course of empire with a character weakness that leads to his downfall- Hamlet: his inability to act
Humor some kind of comic relief- gravedigger scene
Conflicts (external and internal) man against man, man against nature, man against himself- man against man: Laertes vs. Hamlet in the duel scene- man against himself: Hamlet struggles to get the courage to act
supernatural element something extraordinary- the ghost
chance happening something that occurs without planning that leads to a catastrophe- Hamlet kills Polonius
Revenge motive character who wants to get back at someone- Hamlet wants revenge on King Claudius- Laertes wants revenge on Hamlet