‘I loved Ophelia; forty thousand brothers
Could not with all their quantity of love
Make up my sum.’
Hamlet to Claudius
A declaration of love by the graveside. Genuine?
‘He that hath killed my king and whored my
|Hamlet to Horatio||5.2|
A lucid and blunt analysis being revealed to his
friend - the madness seems to have gone?
|‘… this canker of our nature’||Hamlet to Horatio||5.2|
A metaphor describing Claudius as a disease of
‘… I will gain nothing but my shame and the
|Hamlet to Osric||5.2|
Dramatic irony in this prose. The audience know
that Hamlet is bound to be killed.
|‘You will lose, my lord’||Horatio to Hamlet||5.2|
A knowing prophesy contrasting with Hamlet’s
belief that the fight will be a minor event.
‘Give me your pardon, sir, I’ve done you
|Hamlet to Laertes||5.2|
He confesses his guilt to Laertes and asks for
forgiveness - gaining sympathy from the audience.
|‘… I here proclaim was madness’||Hamlet to Laertes||5.2||Trying to excuse his actions.|
‘I do receive your offered love like love,
And will not wrong it’
|Laertes to Hamlet||5.2|
A pretence at accepting Hamlet’s apology -
however, the audience know his intentions.
|‘Our son shall win’||Claudius to Gertrude||5.2|
Ironically suggesting that he cares about Hamlet,
although he has planned his murder.
|‘Gertrude, do not drink!’||Claudius to Gertrude||5.2|
A feeble attempt by a husband to prevent his wife
|‘I am justly killed with mine own treachery.’||Laertes to Osric||5.2|
A dying Laertes acknowledges that he was morally
‘… O my dear Hamlet! … I am poisoned’
Gertrude to Hamlet
Her dying words of affection and warning (?) are to
Hamlet - only now perhaps does she believe in
|‘… the King’s to blame’||Laertes to Court||5.2||Ensures that all know of his guilt.|
‘… thou incestuous, murderous, damned
Dane / Drink off this potion.’
|Hamlet to Claudius||5.2||The climax of Hamlet’s wrath against Claudius.|
|‘… the rest is silence.’||Hamlet to Horatio||5.2||Hamlet’s final words. Ambiguity.|
‘… Good night sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest’
|Horatio about Hamlet||5.2|
A suitably poignant farewell from Hamlet’s closest
friend. Sure to elicit tears from an audience.
|‘Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage’||Fortinbras to Horatio||5.2|
He insists that Hamlet is carried with due