Hamlet Acts II - III


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  • Act II
  • "No, my good lord. But as you did command I did repel his fetters and denied His access to me." (84)
  • "Observe his inclination in yourself." (80)
  • Act II (cont.)
  • "She took the fruits of my advice; And he, repelled...Fell into a sadness...Into the madness wherein now he [Hamlet] raves And all we mourn for." (96)
  • Act II (cont.)
  • "I, the son of a dear father murdered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, Must like a whore, unpack my heart with words." (130)
  • Hamlet
  • Polonius sends Reynaldo to spy on Laertes. Meanwhile, Ophelia obeys her father's orders and brother's advice to stay away from Hamlet, because they question his intentions.
  • Act III
  • Polonius
  • "You should not have believed me for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock...I loved you not" (142)
  • Ophelia
  • Everyone, especially Claudius and Polonius, think that Hamlet has gone crazy, but they don't know why. They are creating a plan to determine the reason for his madness.
  • Act III
  • Polonius
  • "Now might I do it pat." Now he is a-praying. And now I'll do 't. And so he goes to heaven. And so am I revenged.--That would be scanned" (190)
  • During Hamlet's soliloquy, he reveals that the reason he's been acting "crazy" is because he's internally conflicted about avenging his father's murder.
  • Act III
  • "Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul, And there I see such black and grained spots As will not leave their tinct" (200)
  • After Hamlet states that he doesn't love Ophelia, and never did, everyone is confused. Claudius, Gertrude, and Polonius are now all left questioning what his source of madness is.
  • Hamlet
  • Ophelia
  • "I, of ladies most deject and wretched, That sucked the honey of his music vows" (146)
  • Hamlet prepares himself to finally avenge his father's death and murder Claudius. However, killing Claudius while he is trying to repent would send Claudius to heaven; Hamlet must wait until Claudius is sinning.
  • Claudius
  • "To take him in the purging of his soul When he is fit and seasoned for his passage?" (192)
  • "No. Up, sword, and know thou a more horrid hent" (192)
  • Hamlet
  • Hamlet can't seem to forgive Gertrude for marrying Claudius so soon after his father's death. Now Hamlet doesn't trust any women, leaving him to act out in rage against and insult both Ophelia and Gertrude.
  • Gertrude
  • "Nay, but to live In the rank sweat of an enseamed bed, Stewed in corruption, honeying and makng love Over the nasty sty--" (202)
  • Hamlet
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