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Analysis of Hamlet's "Quintessence of Dust" speech.

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Quintessence of Dust In these lines, hamlet is speaking to his former university companions Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. He explains his big melancholy that he is being put through since the death of his father. This event has affected him a lot and he even compares the earth as a wasteland, apiece of land without life or can't sustain life anymore. He examines the air and the sun and rejects them as something that is of no worth, like when he says they are "foul and pestilent congregation of vapors". He then examines the human being from many aspects. He first seems to be worshiping humans, when he says, " What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties". ...read more.


another plan which was to kill Claudius when he has sinned so he would go to hell, so he had to wait. In this passage we can find many examples of figurative speech, for example similes and metaphors. We can find similes when Hamlet he compares human actions to that of angels; "in action how like an angel": or when he compares our capacity of apprehension to that of god's: "in apprehension how like a god". In these similes Hamlet wants to show the two best qualities that man have, their actions and their knowledge. He uses the simile to express them as if they were almost celestial qualities given to humans that are merely compared to dust. ...read more.


Also he uses another metaphor to show what he thinks of all wonders of nature (the earth, the stars, the sky and air). This is when he says "nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors". By this he means that every thing he first examined as beautiful to him doesn't mean anything. This is part of one of the many contradictions Hamlets does when he speaks this speech. Mainly in this speech Hamlet contradicts himself in almost everything he says. One example of this is when he analyses man qualities; he makes celestial comparisons to action and knowledge of men. But then he concludes saying that humans are not more than mere dust. He as well does this with the natural wonders as explained before. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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