Quote #1: P. 31 (Hamlet I: ii, 129- 132)
Quote #1 is spoken by Hamlet. Hamlet was just criticized in public by the king for still being sad about the king’s death two months later. Hamlet tells the audience how he truly feels about his father’s death and his mother’s marriage. He wants to die. He would commit suicide if God wouldn’t have a rule against it. If you commit suicide you go straight to hell. Quote number one is important for Aristotle’s third rule for tragedy. The third rule of tragedy says, the main character must experience a reversal of fortune or a discovery. Because Hamlet’s fortune is already so bad, the audience knows it is not about fortune but about discovery. Quote #2: P. 67 (Hamlet I: v, 29- 31)
Quote #2 is spoken by Hamlet. Hamlet is alone with the ghost and asks him to quickly tell him who his father murderer is, so he can quickly get revenge. It is the first time Hamlet mentions murder and revenge.
Quote number two is important to the argument that Hamlet’s tragic flaw is procrastination. Hamlet speaks passionately about getting revenge quickly but he chooses to act insane. That delays the revenge for over two month. Quote #3: P. 69 (Hamlet I: v, 85-87)
Quote #3 is spoken by King Hamlet’s ghost. The ghost asks Hamlet to get revenge on Claudius and gives him two advices. Hamlet is not to let acting irrationally and Hamlet is not to harm his mother.
Quote #3 is important to the argument that Hamlet’s tragic flaw is lack of self-control. Later in the play he acts without thinking and harms Gertrude and stabs Polonius. Quote #4: P. 75 (Hamlet I: v, 171-173)
Quote #4 is spoken by Hamlet. Hamlet is trying to get Horatio and Marcellus to swear an oath that they have not seen him speaking to his father’s ghost not matter how oddly he acts
Quote #4 is important to the argument that Hamlet’s tragic flaw is procrastination. Hamlet speaks passionately about getting revenge quickly but instead of acting on that he pretend to be...
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