Hamlet Creative Project Part 1


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Hamlet is found in the library by Polonius, who tries to understand the reason behind his madness.

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  • Elsinore Castle library, Denmark
  • How does my good Lord Hamlet?
  • Let thy lord's actions and behavior do the talking here; I will observe him.
  • Do you know me, my lord?
  • After Polonius announces his idea of how Hamlet became insane, he walks into the library to talk to him. Hamlet is reading a book in the corner; he doesn't look up when Polonius walks in.
  • Well, God-'a'-mercy.
  • Alright, I'm going to throw him off guard; see what he really wants.
  • Excellent well. You are a fishmonger.
  • Not I, my lord.
  • What is he getting at? Is there something he wants from me?
  • Honest, my lord?
  • That's very true, my lord.
  • Ay, sir. To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of 10,000.
  • Then I would you were so honest a man.
  • Polonius continues speaking, trying to pull information from his lord, but with Hamlet talking nonsense, Polonius is confused on how to approach him.
  • Does this pertain to thy darling Ophelia? I must ask.
  • How is this related to my Ophelia? Better yet- how can it relate?
  • How say you by that? Still harping on my daughter. Yet he knew me not at first. He said I was a fishmonger. He is far gone, far gone.
  • I have, my lord.
  • For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion- Have you a daughter?
  • And truly in my youth I suffered much extremity for love, very near this. I'll speak to him again.
  • Let her not walk i' th' sun. Conception is a blessing, but, as your daughter may conceive- Friend, look to 't.
  • What do you read, my lord?
  • What is the matter, my lord?
  • I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.
  • Now what is he doing?
  • By throwing him off track when talking about Ophelia, Hamlet was able to get Polonius thinking that the main reason he was "mad" was because of his love towards her. Meanwhile, Polonius continues prying.
  • Between who?
  • Words, words, words.
  • -how will she take that her son is too far gone?
  • And the king! What shall he think of this change? He will be harder to deceive; the queen will believe anything I say.
  • The poor queen, when I tell her of this-
  • ...and that they have a plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams- all which, sir, though I most powerfully and potentially believe, yet...
  • ...I hold it not honestly to have it thus set down; for yourself, sir, should be as old as I am, if like a crab you could go backward.
  • Slanders, sir. For the satirical rogue says here that old men have gray beards, that their faces are wrinkled, their eyes purging thick amber and plum-tree gum...
  • Oh my, this is just too good- he looks at me as if I am a foreigner from the moon!
  • Will you walk out of the air, my lord?
  • Through this be madness, yet there is method in't.
  • How pregnant some of his replies are. A happiness that often madness hits on...
  • ...which is reason and sanity could not so prosperously be delivered of.
  • Indeed, that is out of the air.
  • I should leave now to share the information that I have twisted, perhaps the king will believe me- I can only hope.
  • Into my grave.
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