AuthorName: William Shakespeare
Eras: 1601-1700, 1501-1600
Age Range: 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard American, Standard English
Hamlet is speaking with his old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet has just realized that King Claudius and Queen Gertrude have sent them to check in on him. In this monologue, Hamlet tells the duo of his depression.
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I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy...View Full Monologue Text
I will tell you why. So shall my anticipation prevent your discovery, and your secrecy to the King and Queen moult no feather. I have of late- but wherefore I know not- lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire- why, it appeareth no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! And yet to me what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me- no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain