AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
Hamlet has just been informed by the Ghost of his father that he was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, King Claudius. In this monologue, Hamlet vows to avenge his father's death.
Kenneth Branagh in 1996
Age Range: 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else? And shall I couple hell? Hold...View Full Monologue Text
O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else?
And shall I couple hell? Hold, hold, my heart!
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee?
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
That youth and observation copied there,
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter. Yes, by heaven!
O most pernicious woman!
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tables! Meet it is I set it down
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain
At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark. [Writes.]
So, uncle, there you are. Now to my word:
It is 'Adieu, adieu! Remember me.'
I have sworn't.
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain