Hamlet's Soliloquy Quotes

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Hamlet's 1st soliloquy: Act 1, Scene 2

  • ''Fraility, thy name is woman''- Though saddened by his father’s death, the larger cause of Prince Hamlet’s misery is Queen Gertrude’s disloyal marriage to his uncle, barely in a month of his actual father’s death. He scorns his mother by saying...
  • ''With such dexterity to incestuous sheets'' - Prince Hamlet mourns that even ‘a beast would have mourned a little longer’. Hamlet considers this marriage of his mother, to be an incestuous affair.
  • ''Unweeded Garden''Hamlet refers the world as an ‘'unweeded garden'' in which rank and gross things grow in abundance.
  • ''O that this too too solid flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew''In the first soliloquy, Hamlet bemoans the fact that he cannot commit suicide. He wishes that his physical self might cease to exist.
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Hamlet's 2nd soliloquy: Act 1, Scene 5

  • ''Foul and most unnatural murder'' - Hamlet’s father, leaves having charged Hamlet with the duty of taking the revenge upon the murderer of his father:
  • ''The serpent that did sting thy fathers life/ Now wears his crown''The ghost of the dead king tells Hamlet that as he slept in his garden, a villain poured poison into his ear. It reveals the fact to Hamlet, that actually King Claudius is the real murderer of his dead father. Hamlet got stunned by the revelation and echoes of the Ghost’s words asking him to remember it.
  • ''Most pernicious woman'' / ''Smiling damned villian''He is shocked, stunned and in great grief upon the revelation of the fact that his father was rather murdered by Hamlet’s uncle, than to be naturally died. 
  • In the end of the soliloquy, Hamlet swears to remember and obey the ghost.
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