Hamlet Themes - Act 4 Scene 3-5

Hamlet Themes - Act 4 Scene 3-5

Test your ability to discover which of these quotes match up with many different themes. Make sure to take notes and analyse these quotes as best you can!

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Theme 1 - Machiavellian Leadership

Theme 1 - Machiavellian Leadership
Spoken by Ophelia:
“ By Gis and by Saint Charity,
Alack, and fire for shame!
Young men will do it, if they come to it –
By c0ck, they are to blame.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
You promised me to wed.”
(4.5.58-63)
Spoken by Gertrude:
“To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is,
Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss.
So full of artless jealousy is quilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt”
(4.5.18-21)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“O, from this time forth,
My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth!”
(4.4.67-68)

Theme 2 - Revenge

Theme 2 - Revenge
Spoken by Laertes:
“ How came he dead? I’ll be not juggles with,
To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackest devil!
Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
I dare damnation. To this point I stand,
That both the worlds I give to negligence,
Let come what comes, Only I’ll be revenged
Most thoroughly for my father.”
(4.5.136-142)
Spoken by Claudius:
He’s loved of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment but their eyes.”
(4.3.4-5)
Spoken by Horatio:
“ ‘Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.”
(4.5.15-16)

Theme 3 - Social Masks

Theme 3 - Social Masks
Spoken by the Captain:
“Truly to speak, and with no addition,
we go to gain a little patch of ground
that hath in it no profit but the name.
to pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it.
Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole
A ranker rate should it be sold in fee”
(4.4.18-23)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“Now, whether it be,
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
of thinking too precisely on the event –
A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward - I do not know
Why yet I live to say this thing’s to do,
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do it.”
(4.4.41-48)
Spoken by Ophelia:
“ By Gis and by Saint Charity,
Alack, and fire for shame!
Young men will do it, if they come to it –
By c*ck, they are to blame.
Quoth she, before you tumbled me,
You promised me to wed.”
(4.5.58-63)

Theme 4 - Passion* vs Reason (Part 1)

Theme 4 - Passion* vs Reason (Part 1)
Select the two correct answers
Spoken by Claudius:
"This sudden sending him away must seem
Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved"
(4.3.8-10)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“ Rightly to be great,
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour’s at the stake.”
(4.4. 55-58)
Spoken by Horatio:
“ ‘Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.”
(4.5.15-16)
Spoken by Laertes:
“ How came he dead? I’ll be not juggles with,
To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackest devil!
Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
I dare damnation. To this point I stand,
That both the worlds I give to negligence,
Let come what comes, Only I’ll be revenged
Most thoroughly for my father.”
(4.5.136-142)

Theme 4 - Passion vs Reason* (Part 2)

Theme 4 - Passion vs Reason* (Part 2)
Select the two correct answers
Spoken by Claudius:
"This sudden sending him away must seem
Deliberate pause. Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved"
(4.3.8-10)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“ Rightly to be great,
Is not to stir without great argument,
But greatly to find quarrel in a straw
When honour’s at the stake.”
(4.4. 55-58)
Spoken by Horatio:
“ ‘Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew
Dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.”
(4.5.15-16)
Spoken by Laertes:
“ How came he dead? I’ll be not juggles with,
To hell, allegiance! Vows, to the blackest devil!
Conscience and grace, to the profoundest pit!
I dare damnation. To this point I stand,
That both the worlds I give to negligence,
Let come what comes, Only I’ll be revenged
Most thoroughly for my father.”
(4.5.136-142)

Theme 5 - Action* vs Inaction (Part 1)

Theme 5 -  Action* vs Inaction (Part 1)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“Witness this army of such mass and charge
Led by a delicate and tender prince,
Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed,
Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure
To all that fortune, death and danger dare,
Even for an egg-shell”
(4.4.49-55)
Spoken by Gertrude:
“To my sick soul, as sin’s true nature is,
Each toy seems prologue to some great amiss.
So full of artless jealousy is quilt,
It spills itself in fearing to be spilt”
(4.5.18-21)
Spoken by Ophelia:
“And will he not come again?
And will he not come again?
No, no, he is dead,
Go to thy death-bed,
He will never come again
His white beard was as white as snow,
All flaxen was his poll.
He is gone,
And we cast away moan.
God have mercy on his soul!”
(4.5.199-208)

Theme 5 - Action vs Inaction*

Theme 5 - Action vs Inaction*
Spoken by the King:
“ When sorrows come, they come not single spies
But in battalions. First, her father slain;
Next, your son gone, and he most violet author
Of his own just remove; the people muddied,
Thick and unwholesome in their thoughts and whispers
For good polonius’ death; and we have done but greenly
In hugger-mugger to inter him. Poor Ophelia
Divided from herself and her fair judgement,
Without which we are pictures, or mere beasts”
(4.5.77-85)
Spoken by Claudius:
He’s loved of the distracted multitude,
Who like not in their judgment but their eyes.”
(4.3.4-5)
Spoken by Hamlet:
“Now, whether it be,
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
of thinking too precisely on the event –
A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom
And ever three parts coward - I do not know
Why yet I live to say this thing’s to do,
Sith I have cause and will and strength and means
To do it.”
(4.4.41-48)