Shakespeare is known for his confusing language but also for his lines that deliver a powerful performance. He uses a different style of writing that adds a bit more drama to the play.
“O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else?”(Act 1 Scene 5 Line 99) In this single line I like that shakespeare is making Hamlet question the heavens. He makes it so that its a bit more dramatic because he questions the heavens on what to do. It also seems like he is asking what else are the heavens going to throw his way. He’s overwhelmed by the revelation at the moment so he wants guidance on what he should do. In
Act 1 Scene 5 Line 104he says “In this distracted globe.” he might be referring to the world around him. He could be referring to He could also be talking about the thoughts in his mind. Because of all of the recent events he is starting to lose his mind. His mind could be making him think about things more dramatically. It could be causing him to go crazy. I feel like when hamlet says “And shall I couple hell?” he’s asking whether he should ask hell on what to do too. Because he is so confused he’s not sure who he should ask.
Act 1 Scene 5 Line 103Hamlet says “Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat.” To me hamlet is trying to say that this is all too much for him at the moment because the ghost just appeared before him. He doesn’t really know what to make of it and that’s why I think he questioning “What else?”. I think that with all of the sudden turn of events hamlet is asking a rhetorical question of is there anything else that the heavens want to throw at him. In
Act 1 Scene 5 Line 106, Hamlet says “from the table of my memory I’ll wipe away all trivial fond records.” In that line I feel like he wants to start new. He doesn’t want the bad memories to stay, he wants to forget them and make new memories that are filled with good times. When he says that he is going wipe away all trivial fond records, he could mean that he’s going to make everyone forget about the bad things he did. It could also mean that he is getting rid of all the random bad thoughts that he remembers or gets. He wants to get rid of all the bad thoughts that were from the past and just start new. If he can’t forget it he will try to make it so that those particular thoughts don’t concern him.
I think that these lines are very important because it reveals to us Hamlet’s state of mind. If it were not for these lines we might not be able to know where hamlet is really going mad or not. He seems to be trying to fake his madness to everyone else but it seems like to me he is actually going insane. He might not be instantly insane but it seems his mental state is slowly drifting away.In
Act 1 Scene 5 Line 112, Hamlet says “O most pernicious woman!” it seems that he is upset with his mother. To provide background this is almost right after the ghost has just told him to leave his mother alone and let the heavens decide for her. In this line it seems like he wants to take things into his own hands, he wants to obey the ghost of his dead father but he also wants to punish his mother for doing something so sinful. During most of this speech hamlet is thinking about self reflection and what kind of things he was thinking about. He wants to try to start over and forget about the past.