Hamlet Motif Analysis

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Hamlet Motif Analysis Assignment

Appearance or Reality

“Horatio says ‘tis but our fantasy,/ And will not let belief take hold of him” (I,1,23-24)

“In the same figure, like the king that’s dead.” (I,1,41)

“Seems, madam! Nay, is is; I know not “seems.”[…] Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, / Together with all forms, modes, shapes of grief, / That can denote me truly: these indeed seem, /But I have that within which passeth show; / These, but the trappings and suits of woe. (1,1,76 and 81-86)

“The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen;” (I,5,47)

“That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;” (I,5,109)

“for there is nothing / either good or bad but thinking makes ...view middle of the document...

” (III, 2, 126-127)

“By his cockle hat and staff, / And his sandal shoon.” (IV, 5, 25-26)

“A very riband in the cap of youth, / Yet needful too, for youth no less becomes / The light and careless livery that it wears / Than settled age his sables and his weeds, / Importing health and graveness.” (IV, 7, 78-82)

“Her clothes spread wide, / And mermaid-like a while they bore her up: […] Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, / Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay”
(IV, 7, 177-178 and 182-183)

“This lapwing runs away with the shell on his head.” (V, 2, 180)


“The chariest maid is prodigal enough, / If she unmask her beauty to the moon: / Virtue itself ‘scapes not calumnious strokes: / The canker galls the infants of the spring / Too oft before their buttons be disclosed, / And in the morn and liquid dew of youth / Contagious blastments are most imminent. / Be wary then; best safety lies in fear; / Youth to itself rebels, though none else near.” (I, 3, 36-44)

“The form plausive manners, that these men— / Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, / Being nature’s livery, or fortune’s star, / Their virtues else—be they as pure as grace, / As infinite as man may undergo— / Shall in the general censure take corruption / From that particular fault: the dram of evil / Doth all the noble substance of a doubt / To his own scandal—” (I, 4, 30-38)

“That thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel, / Revisit’st thus the glimpses of the moon, / Making night hideous; and we fools of nature / So horridly to shake our disposition / With thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?” (I, 4, 52-56)

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” (I, 4, 90)

“This is the very ecstasy of love; / Whose violent property fordoes itself / And leads the will to desperate undertakings / As oft as any passion under heaven / That does afflict our natures.” (II, 1, 103-107)

“Ay, truly; for the power of beauty will sooner / transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the / force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness:” (III, 1, 111-114)

“The violence of either grief or joy / Their own enactures with themselves destroy:” (III, 2, 192-193)

“It will but skin and film the ulcerous place, / While rank corruption, mining all within, / Infects unseen.” (III, 4, 149-151)

“The body is with the king, but the king is not with / the body. The king is a thing–“ (IV, 2, 28-29)

“It was the very day that young Hamlet was born; he / that was mad, and sent into England.”
(V, 1, 143-144)


tis an unweeded garden, / That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature (I,2,135-136)

“the canker galls the infants of the spring/Too oft before their buttons be disclosed” – ( I,3,39-40)

Tis given out that, sleeping in my orchard, - (I,5,34)

“old men have grey beards, that their faces are/ wrinkld, their eyes purging thick amber and plumtree”(II,2,197)

“Which now, like fruit unripe, sticks on the...

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