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Quote Analysis, Act II

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Significance (Why does it

matter? Themes it
addresses? How does it
develop the character(s)?)

Language (Figurative
language? Multiple
meaning words?

1, Pg.

He took me by the wrist

and held me hard

Ophelia is talking to
her father about her
interaction with

This quote develops Hamlet more

in the sense of his desire and
commitment to uncover the truth
about his fathers death.
Hamlets intelligence is shown
with his knowledge that his
strange actions would be told to
Polonius by Ophelia.

Ophelia is completely
frightened by Hamlets odd
behavior. She is yelling
about her encounter to
Polonius, creating
boisterous scenery.

2, Pg.

Though this be madness,

yet there be method int...

Polonius acknowledged
Hamlets madness as
Hamlet continues to
ramble about
nonsense. This quote
is spoken to the
audience (aside).

Polonius understands Hamlets

madness and believes that his
daughter causes it all, but he
knows there is something else
going on. He is right and wrong
at the same time. Polonius is
established as a meddler.

Polonius is rambling,
annoyed by Hamlets
pregnant responses.

2, Pg.

Brevity is the soul of wit.

Polonius is talking with

the king and queen
about what he
believes to be the
origin of Hamlets

Polonius is trying to get across

the idea that brief, concise,
accurate, conversations are ones
that exchange few words. He
thinks the unimportant details
should be taken out and the facts

There is some irony here

because Polonius himself is
found not following his own
rule of verbal exchange.
We see Polonius rambling
on without getting to the

should be emphasized.

main point of the

Shakespeare uses this
quote to blatantly
distinguish Polonius as a
character who lacks wit.

2, Pg.

What a piece of work is


Hamlet is talking with

Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern about the
reasoning of their visit
to the castle.

Hamlet understands that

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
are attempting to deceive him.
He talks about the significance of
human kind and how, to him, it is
dust. Humans are more
impressive in understanding than
in action, making them a piece of

This quote develops the

tone by distinguishing the
emotional war that we find
Hamlet when he discovers
a betrayal in his long
lasting friendship with
Rosencrantz and

2, Pg.

Let her not walk Ith sun.

Hamlet is talking to
Polonius about his
daughter and the need
to protect her.

Hamlet insinuates that Ophelia is

very beautiful and if men were to
see her out in public, they would
want to impregnate her. This
conversation shows that Hamlet
does actually care about Ophelia,
and it develops the relationship
between Hamlet and Polonius
because Polonius concludes that
Hamlet is mad and this motivates
Polonius to continue talking to
and spying on Hamlet.

Walking in the sun refers to

going out in public. Also, it
is thought that the sun is
the creator and if Ophelia
goes into the sun then she
is prone to making a new
life. Hamlet is basically
mocking Polonius style of
parenting and Polonius
gets defensive, which
creates a tense mood.

2, Pg.

I am but mad north-northwest.

Hamlet is talking to
Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern and he
tells them, somewhat
out of the blue, that
his parents are wrong.
Guildenstern questions
Hamlets judgment on
his parents thoughts.

Hamlet hasnt completely lost his

mind. He has only gone mad
sometimes, while other times he
knows what is going on. Most
people in act two believe that
Hamlet has lost his mind and
they are trying to figure out the

North-north-west refers to
a compass point that is
somewhat vague and
uncertain. Hamlet uses
the compass to explain
that his madness is only
present sometimes. This
conversation creates a
feeling that Guildenstern is
being very cautious of
what he is saying around
Hamlet. Hamlet is agitated
with his parents belief that
he is plain crazy, which
makes the reader
sympathize with Hamlet.

2, Pg.

The spirit that I have seen

may be the devil.

Hamlet is talking to
himself about the
reality of the ghost.
He is concerned that
he is being tricked.

Hamlet realizes that he cant kill

Claudius without just cause. The
devil may have tricked him with
the ghost, which furthers the
importance of putting on the
play. Hamlet also contemplates
if being depressed has made him
more vulnerable to the force of

This conversation that

Hamlet has with himself
creates a depressing,
lonely, and confused

2, Pg.

What a rogue and peasant

slave am I!

Hamlet is talking to
himself about his
worthlessness and the

Hamlet is furious that the player

can be so emotional about the
death of Hecuba, yet he has not

This develops the theme of

revenge by Hamlet
realizing that if the player

2, Pg.

The plays the thing.


even avenged his own fathers

death. When Hamlet refers to
himself as a slave, he is saying
that he is worthless and has no

can be so emotional about

something that means
nothing to him, then he
should be able to avenge
his fathers death.

Hamlet is talking to
himself about his plan
to reveal the truth
about Claudius.

This is a turning point because

Hamlet commits to putting on
the play to expose Claudius guilt
for killing his father.

This moment develops the

theme of revenge because
Hamlet is determined to
expose the truth about
Claudius by catching his
conscience during the play.

Quote Analysis, Act II

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Significance (Why does it

matter? Themes it
addresses? How does it
develop the character(s)?)

Language (Figurative
language? Multiple
meaning words?

1, Pg.

I had not quoted him. I

feared he did but trifle,
and meant to wreck thee,
but, beshrew my

Polonius is talking to
Ophelia about his
regrets of not
studying Hamlet
more closely.

Polonius thought that Hamlet

was just messing around with
Ophelia, but the letters prove
otherwise. Polonius damns
his suspicious thoughts and
regrets his hasty conclusions.
Even though Polonius doesnt
trust his children, he cares

Polonius is yelling at
himself and thinks he is
an idiot. This creates a
tense mood.

enough to look after their

2, Pg.

I doubt it is no other but

the main: His fathers
death and our oer hasty

The queen is telling

Claudius her
thoughts on
Hamlets madness.

Gertrude shows that she has

more insight than we thought.
She knows the true reason
behind Hamlets madness, but
she is forced to think
otherwise by the men in her

Gertrude realizes that

Hamlet wants revenge
for his fathers death.
The main refers to the
central event that has
happened in Hamlets

2, Pg.

Came this from Hamlet

to her?

Gertrude is asking
Polonius if the letter
to Ophelia is from

This love note from Hamlet to

Ophelia is the proof of
Hamlets true love. Although,
Hamlets madness is caused
by Ophelias rejection.

Polonius is disgusted by
Hamlets wording in the
letter and Gertrude
cannot believe that her
son would say some of
these things. This
causes Gertrude to
doubt her initial
reasoning behind
Hamlets madness.

2, Pg.

Nay then; I have an eye

of you-If you love me,
hold not off.

Hamlet is speaking
to Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern about
the reason they
have come.

Hamlet accuses Rosencrantz

and Guildenstern of not being
his true friends.

The theme of loyalty is

questioned by Hamlet
here. He says that
Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern have a
duty to fulfill as his

friends. Hamlet says

that if they love him
then they will support
2, Pg.

Doubt thou the stars are

fire, Doubt that the sun
doth move, Doubt truth
to be a liar,
never doubt I love.

Polonius is reading
the letter from
Hamlet to Ophelia.

Hamlet has been trying to

court Ophelia, but Ophelia
hasnt been allowed to
because of her father,
Polonius. Hamlet is basically
saying never doubt his love
for her.

This section is filled with

love, genuine, and
sincere. There is a
repeated doubt suspect
that is used to contrast
Hamlets love that is
always constant and
true against other
controversial topics.

2, Pg.

At such a time Ill loose

my daughter to him. Be
you and I behind an arras
then; mark the
encounter. If he love her
not, and be not from his
reason falln thereon, let
me be no assistant for a
state, but keep a farm
and carters.

Polonius is talking to
the king and queen
about a plan to
discover the cause
behind Hamlets

Polonius proposes the idea to

spy on Hamlet. Polonius
spying leads to a later
incident resulting in his death.

The mood is confident.

All three characters
believe that the plan will
work in revealing the
cause of Hamlets
madness. They do not
express any doubts and
it doesnt seem like they
have any fear of what
may happen to them.

2, Pg.

A broken voice, and his

whole function suiting
with forms to his conceit?
And all for nothing? For

Hamlet is talking to
himself about the
first player.

Once again, this is another

moment in the play where
Hamlet decides to go through
with his plans of exposing

Hamlet decides that if

the player can be so
emotional for something
that means nothing to


Claudius. If for nothing else,

do it for Hecuba. This quote
again develops Hamlets
intellectual side and shows
the reader that Hamlet truly
needed a driving force in
order to push him to go
through with his plans.

him, then he should be

able to avenge is
fathers death. Hamlet
is once again wanting to
take revenge. The
reference to Hecuba is
from a play that the first
player recites.