‘Get thee to a nunnery:’Hamlet to Ophelia3.1

Repeated phrase suggesting she’s a whore -

nunnery also meant a brothel.

‘God hath given you one face and you make

yourselves another.’


Hamlet to Ophelia



Misogynistic again?   Suggesting all women are two

faced.   He’s right though - Ophelia had spied on

him for Claudius & Polonius.

‘… cousin Hamlet,’Claudius to Hamlet3.2Suggests a family affection - though false.
‘… the chameleon’s dish’Hamlet in reply3.2Hints that Claudius is not what he seems.


‘Do you think I meant country matters?’


Hamlet to Ophelia



During the play, Hamlet uses crude and offensive

language to Ophelia - suggesting he’s thinking of


‘… look you how cheerfully my mother

looks, and my father died within two hours’

Hamlet to Ophelia3.2

Shows anger at the happiness of his widowed


‘The lady doth protest too much methinks’Gertrude to Hamlet3.2

Gertrude seems unaware of the reason for Hamlet’s

questioning during the play.

‘A poisons him i’th’garden for’s estate’Hamlet to court3.2

He makes it clear that the play king is poisoned,

hoping to prick Claudius’ conscience.

‘Give me some light: away!’Claudius to Lords3.2

He makes an excuse to leave the hall - a sign of

guilt in Hamlet’s eyes.

‘… my wit’s diseased’Hamlet to Rosencrantz3.2

Hamlet suggests that his usual flair with words is

failing him.

‘I will speak daggers to her but use none’Hamlet soliloquy3.2

He tells the audience how he intends to speak to his


‘I like him not’Claudius to Guildenstern3.3

Claudius’ real feelings towards Hamlet are made


‘Oh, my offence is rank’Claudius soliloquy3.3Claudius’ confession.


‘All may be well’


Claudius soliloquy



Hoping that by prayer, his sins are forgiven -

dramatic irony - the audience know of Hamlet’s


‘My words fly up, my thoughts remain


Claudius soliloquy3.3

Telling the audience that he doesn’t intend his

confession to be known beyond God.

‘Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended’Gertrude to Hamlet3.4

Shows her lack of understanding by suggesting that

Hamlet should care about Claudius.