Close Reading Of Hamlet : William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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Close Reading of Hamlet
Lines 129-159 Act One, Scene Two
Hamlet: O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt, 129
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fixed
His canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
Fie on 't! ah fie! 'tis an unweeded garden, 135
That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature
Possess it merely. That is should come to this!
But two months dead! nay, not so much, not two:
So excellent a king: that was, to this,
Hyperion to a satyr: so loving to my mother, 140
That he might not betweem the winds of heaven
Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!
Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on: and yet, within a month-- 145
Let me not think on 't-Frailty, thy name is woman!--
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father 's body,
Like Niobe, all tears:--why she, even she,--
O God! a beast that wants discourse of reason 150
Would have mourned longer,--married with my uncle,
My father 's brother, but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules: within a month;
Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears
Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, 155
She married. O, most wicked speed, to post
With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!
It is not, nor it cannot come to good:
But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue! 159

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