Characters in Hamlet

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Andres Loera
Honors English III
12/18/2007

Hamlet Final Analysis

I.Act I, ii “Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death the memory be green, and that it us befitted to bear our hearts in grief, and our whole kingdom” This quote portrays dramatic irony because Caudius is acting like he is davastaed and grieving for his brother’s death. Yet in reality it was he who killed his brother.

Act I, iii “Think yourself a baby that u have tane these tenders for true pay, which are not sterling.”
This quote portrays dramatic irony because Polonius is telling his daughter, Ophelia to act like a child, yet she is not, she is a young woman. Hamlet is following all the rules of courtship properly and she is of the age to be interacting with suitors.

Act III, iv “How now, a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead.”
This quote is when Hamlet slays the man behind the curtain. He does this thinking that King Claudius is behind the curtain, but when the dead man falls on the floor, it turns out to be Polonius.

Act III, iv “In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, stewed in corruption, honeying and making love over the nasty sty.”
Hamlet is telling this to his mother because she is corrupting and desecrating the very bed that she used to share with his father by sleeping with Claudius.

Act III, iii “My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
This quote is a very good example of irony because he is asking forgiveness to God yet he doesn’t even mean it. He knows that prayers without meaning never reach heaven unless u fully mean them.

Act V, i “Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust, the dust is earth, of earth we make loam, and why of that loam whereto he was converted might they not stop a beer-barrel?”

Hamlet points out that even the greatest of men, such as Alexander the Great, end up sharing the same fate of any peasant, returning to the earth and being used to stop a beer-barrel....
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