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October 23, 2005

"As a woman's love"

Shakespeare, Hamlet (Acts 3-5) -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

HAMLET

Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?

OPHELIA

'Tis brief, my lord.

HAMLET

As woman's love.


I love this line! I remember discussing this a lot in AP last year. Once again, Hamlet who is apparently crazy, gives a clever comeback. I think Hamlet could be talking about two different things in his above line. Gertrude's love was definitly short since she married her brother-in-law in within two months of Old Hamlet's death. Also, I think he could also be talking about Ophelia's love for him. I'm not sure. Any ideas about this quote?

Posted by AmandaNichols at October 23, 2005 02:08 PM

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