Hamlet - Act 1 Scene 3 (Quotes and Analysis)

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  • Hamlet - Act 1 Scene 3
    • "a fashion, and a toy in blood", "sweet", "violet", "perfume"
      • Makes Hamlet seem childish and fickle
      • Emasculating Hamlet
      • Violet - returns to haunt Ophelia later
    • "you must fear his greatness weighed, his will is not his own", "subject to his birth", "fits your wisdom so far to believe it as he in his peculiar sect and force may give his saying deed, which is no further"
      • Laertes has no freedom and is bound by his role and duty to the state and politics of Denmark
    • "lose you heart, or your chaste treaure open", "fear it my dear sister", "unmask her beauty to the moon",
      • Graphically sexual - Uncomfortable for the audience as it is Laertes talking to his own sister Ophelia
        • Littered with inces, metaphor for opening her legs
        • Her sexual reputation effects her status and ability to marry
        • Critical of religious attitudes because unvirginal women were sent to nunneries
          • Unvirginal men faced no consequence
        • Ironic that he wants her to stay chaste but he sexualises her
    • "Give thy thoughts no tongue"
      • Controlling and degrading - distrust
    • "'Tis in my memory locked, and you yourself shall keep the key of it"
      • Repressive control over her
      • Possibly sarcastic
        • Could link to the imagery of the treasure chest
    • "Have of your audience been most free and bounteous", "it beehooves my daughter, and your honour"
      • Huge contrast in how he talks to his son compared to his daughter
    • "a green girl"
      • Polonius mocks her and Hamlet's 'affection' for her and is dismissive of it
    • "Think yourself a baby"
      • Degrading - suggesting she's naive
    • "true pay", "sterling", "Tender"
      • Laertes provides advice on how to sell herself, she should set the deal higher, only give in if he proposes
      • By treating Ophelia as property suggesting he can sell her effetively - typical patriarchal father
    • "Set your entreatments"
      • Polonius us telling Ophelia to value herself
    • Shakespeare challenges patriarchal ideas through Polonius' speech
      • Polonius is portrayed comically
    • "I shall obey, my lord"
      • Ophelia is submissive and passive
        • Challenge and bravery in Ophelia's character


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