Hamlet jokeswith Polonius about how his daughter might become pregnant, a pregnant rich girl might be sent for secrecy'ssake to a convent ("nunnery") and the child given for adoption,and Ophelia sings aboutlost virginity.
You can have fun trying to figure out who gets the rosemary(remembrance, "thinking of you" -- weddings and funerals), who gets the pansies ("thoughts", a pun on pensées),who gets the fennel (flattery / infidelity) and columbines (unchastity),who (with Ophelia) gets the rue (repentance / sorrow; probably Gertrudegets it, as she must "wear her rue with a difference" as todistinguish two coats of arms, since they have different reasonsto be sorry), and who gets the daisies (unrequited love; you know the game with thedaisy, "She loves me, she loves me not").
(Shakespeare and the other characters just call him "King".)Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, married Claudius within lessthan a month.Old Hamlet died during his after-lunch napin his garden.
Married to Queen Gertrude
Hamlet- Prince of Denmark, son of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius
King Hamlet- Hamlet's Father, Married to Queen Gertrude
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she follow'd my poor father's body,
Like Niobe, all tears:--why she, even she--
Daughter of Polonius and sister of Laertes
Laertes- Son of Polonius and Brother of Ophelia
One of the main themes in Hamlet is Family.
Laertes is remorseful, and we agree with this remorse because Hamlet's killing of his father, even when considered the indirect cause of Ophelia's death, did not justify full retribution.
He's fat, and scant of breath.
Here, Hamlet, take my napkin, rub thy brows;
The queen carouses to thy fortune, Hamlet.
Gertrude, do not drink.
I will, my lord; I pray you, pardon me.
[Aside] It is the poison'd cup: it is too late.
I dare not drink yet, madam; by and by.
Come, let me wipe thy face.
This quote shows how much Queen Gertrude cares for her son Hamlet by wiping his face and caring for him as he fights.
This quote shows the inner conflict Hamlet is having about his mother marrying his uncle.
Old Hamlet says that "lust, though to a radiant angellinked / Will sate itself in a celestial bed / And prey ongarbage." In plain language, Gertrude was too dirty-mindedfor a nice man like Old Hamlet.
Laertes clears his guilt by confessing, obtaining Hamlet's forgiveness, and revealing that the King put him up to it.
— Claudius kills Gertrude by allowing her to drink from the cup of poisoned wine intended for Hamlet.
Gertrude thinks that Hamlet is simplydistressed over his father's death (which Claudius thought of)and her remarriage (which Claudius pretended he couldn'tthink of.)The ambassadors are back from Norway.
He then reminds the king of how reliablean advisor he has always been, and says "Take this from this" (my headoff my shoulders, or my insignia of office from me; the actor willshow which is meant) "if this be otherwise." He finishes,"If circumstances lead me [i.e., allow, the actor could say "let"], I will find /Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed / Within thecenter [of the earth]." He suggests he and the king hide and watchOphelia and Hamlet.
Did Hamlet, who stabbed the man behind the curtain intending to avenge his father's murder, anticipate that his action would eventually lead to his own death and that of Ophelia?
I hope you'll think about this, and decidefor yourself.III.i.The next day, the two spies visit with the king and queen, as well as Polonius,who has brought Ophelia.
Another possible answer is Gertrude, but by the end of the play, under the Ghost's tutelage, Hamlet has forgiven her.
10. Should Hamlet have forgiven Claudius for killing his father, seducing his mother, and stealing the crown?