Hamlet

"My words fly up, my thoughts remain below. Words without thoughts never go to heaven." (3.3)
Claudius trying to pray but actually doesn’t mean it but the act of praying delays his death because Hamlet feels that justice should be properly done to restore order.
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"To be or not to be"
Here Hamlet is absorbed in reflection. It is a bleak, yet calm, philosophical consideration of the popular Renaissance theme of whether our troublesome life is worth living. It differs from Hamlet’s previous soliloquies.
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"My deed to my most painted word. O heavy burden!"
Claudius admits his guilt and that he’s been deceitful (painted). Here we are able to see how the Claudius’ crime has taken effect on his character, and how it has become a ‘burden’ on his life.
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"I loved you not"
This shows Ophelia to be a victim of a moral crime because Hamlet is toying with her feelings and uses her to convey his madness to Polonius and Claudius.
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Stage direction “pours the poison in his ears”
This is significant because Shakespeare’s stage directions are rare. This demonstrates the murder of Old Hamlet and the audience will see this on stage further reinforcing Claudius as a criminal and the pressure of Hamlet trying to avenge his father.
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"My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen"
The importance of what he gains from his crime. Queen is last on the list, suggesting her worth is less?
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Card 2

Front

"To be or not to be"

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Here Hamlet is absorbed in reflection. It is a bleak, yet calm, philosophical consideration of the popular Renaissance theme of whether our troublesome life is worth living. It differs from Hamlet’s previous soliloquies.

Card 3

Front

"My deed to my most painted word. O heavy burden!"

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

"I loved you not"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Stage direction “pours the poison in his ears”

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
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