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Derek Mycroft 4-3-00 Hamlet Quotes Though this be madness yet there is method int II ii This statement spoken by Polonius in an aside about Hamlet makes reference to Hamlets apparent insane disposition Polonius though shown as somewhat dimwitted and slow is shown by this quote to be coming to the realization that Hamlets speech which was once dismissed as the words of a madman actually are carefully selected phrases witty responses and calculated sentences with method int We not only learn that Polonius realizes this but it tells a reader or watcher who might not of caught the hidden implication that Hamlet might not be mad It shows that Hamlet is in fact capable of methodic thought and it also proposes a question as to the nature Hamlets intentions O that this too too sullied flesh would melt 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 I ii In this soliloquy spoken by Hamlet which appears relatively early in the play we see the first signs of Hamlet questioning his life and if he should end it He says all the uses of this world seem weary stale flat and unprofitable and that God has Fixed his canon gainst self-slaughter meaning that God forbids suicide This shows us that he is really bothered by the circumstances in Denmark and that he is an unstable character Angels and ministers of grace defend us Be thou a spirit of health or a goblin damned Bring with thee airs from heaven of blasts from hell Be thy intents wicked or charitable thou comst in a questionable shape That I will speak to thee I iv Here is the
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