says of the King, "for me to put him to his purgation would perhaps plunge him into far more choler" (3.2.305-307). (2.2.550-552 make you a wholesome answer; my wit's diseased: but, sir, such answer as I can make, you shall command. Shakespeare weaves the dominant motif of disease into every scene to illustrate the corrupt state of Denmark and Hamlet's all-consuming pessimism. With choler." "Distemper" can mean "irritability or it can mean "disease." Likewise, "choler" can mean either "anger" or the disease of biliousness (for which we now undergo gall-bladder surgery). virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes: The canker galls the infants of the spring, Too oft before their buttons be disclosed. Please click on the scene for explanatory notes on each"tion. Scene Summary Tis now the very witching time of night, / When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out / Contagion to this world" (3.2.388-390 Hamlet says to himself, before going to see his mother in her closet.
Hamlet speaks of how a single fault, "some vicious mole of nature" (1.4.24 can destroy the reputation of a nation or an individual. The descriptions of disease, poison, and decay help us understand the bitter relationships that exist in the play and Hamlet's own cynicism. "The hectic" is a high fever that won't quit, and the King wants England to execute Hamlet. In the play's first use of the word, it has both meanings. The imagery of decay is used to help comprehend the depression Hamlet feels in his first soliloquy about suicide. A little later he explains that the King of Norway dealing With Stress in the Workplace is "impotent and bed-rid" (1.2.29 and so doesn't know that Fortinbras is about to attack Denmark. The resentful relationship that exists between Claudius and Hamlet is heightened with the use of imagery when Claudius asks about Polonius. Scene Summary "For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a god kissing carrion" (2.2.181-182 says Hamlet, in the midst of making a series of bitter jests at Polonius. Scene Summary, hamlet says, "this most excellent canopy, the air. By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason.
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