Hamlet Quotations Test : William Shakespeare 's Hamlet Essays
Choice 1 Option 1
How all occasions do inform against me
And spur my dull revenge! What is a man,
If his chief good and market of his time
Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.
Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unus’d.
(Hamlet: IV, iv, 32-38)
At this point in the play, Hamlet is being escorted by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to England, and they have just encountered Prince Fortinbras. Fortinbras has told them of his plans to gain a small patch of land at the cost of many men’s lives. Hamlet compares his seeking of revenge to this bloody act of war, and realizes he must get vengeance. This passage serves to develop Hamlet’s character and main plot, because it seems to be the first time he is sure that revenge must be had. Although he has questioned himself before, this comparison to a beast is something new. He is an intellectual and realizes that, to separate himself from God’s other creations, he must be willing to do more than sleep and feed. In this case, he will set himself apart from the animals by avenging his father. This quotation marks the first point in the story where Hamlet says that he is absolutely certain that revenge is the only option. The theme of revenge negatively affecting others has been explored many times throughout this play, and surfaces once more in this passage. Hamlet worries that to sit back and let Claudius…