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HAMLET. ACT ONE. Thematic ideas. Revenge. Appearance/reality. “Why seems it so particular with thee?” “My most seeming virtuous queen” Villain, smiling villain” “Perchance I shall think meet to put an antic disposition on.” Hamlet’s “tenders” of affection are “brokers”.

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hamlet

HAMLET

ACT ONE

thematic ideas
Thematic ideas

Revenge

Appearance/reality

  • “Why seems it so particular with thee?”
  • “My most seeming virtuous queen”
  • Villain, smiling villain”
  • “Perchance I shall think meet to put an antic disposition on.”
  • Hamlet’s “tenders” of affection are “brokers”
  • Fortinbras wants to avenge and regain loss of his father and lands
  • Ghost urges Hamlet to get revenge for his murder
  • Fortinbras has “sharked up a list of lawless resolutes”
  • “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder”
  • “Thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain”
act one
Act One

Claudius: Present King of Denmark

“How is it that the clouds still hang on you?”

“ ‘Tis unmanly grief. It shows a will most incorrect to heaven.”

“Throw to earth this unprevailing woe and Think of us as of a father”

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Act One
  • Hamlet: Prince of Denmark
  • “A little more than kin and less than kind”
  • “I have that within that passes show/These but the trappings and the suits of woe” Appearance/Reality
  • “Oh that this too, too, sullied flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew” Suicide
  • “Frailty, thy name is woman”
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Act One
  • “Thrift, thrift, Horatio. The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.” characterization: Hamlet’s wit
  • “ The world is an unweeded garden that grows to seed things rank and gross in nature” Decay
  • “Or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon against self slaughter.” Suicide
  • “Thy commandment all alone shall live within the book and volume of my brain.” revenge
  • “The time is out of joint/Oh, cursed spite. That ever I was born to put it right.”
thematic motifs
Thematic Motifs
  • POISON
  • “and in the porches of mine ear did pour the leprous distilment “
  • MADNESS
  • “Which might deprive you of your sovereignty and draw you into madness.”
  • “I hereafter shall think meet to put an antic disposition on.”
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Thematic Motifs
  • Decay and Corruption

“The canker galls the infants of the spring too oft before their buttons be disclosed.”

  • Poison motif established in Act I, scene iv
  • “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” - Marcellus
  • Entrapment
  • “Springes to catch “woodcocks”
  • Polonius