What’s your favorite quote from Hamlet? Cite and explain. The best bars will win a pair of Nutty Bars.
Act 3, Scene 4, Line 118
“Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.” — Ghost
The second to last line spoken by the Ghost, who the audience assumes is the murdered father of Hamlet — the former King — traditionally serves as a warning to Hamlet to spare his mother. At the core of the quote lies the word “conceit,” which can refer to imagination, design, or pride. Throughout the story of Hamlet, Shakespeare uses wordplay to twist the concept of “conception.” Hamlet speaks of pregnancy both literally and figuratively. After all, to conceive is to create, and for one to be conceited he or she must have created a larger than life image of one’s self. Do the physically weak compensate with strong imaginations? What does this say about Shakespeare — for what lack of physical strength was he compensating? Maybe only an entrepreneurial bard can truly capture the essence of what it is like to be a king, for if one is a king they may lack the imagination to express such character, especially to the common man through arts and entertainment.
Shakespeare Insult Kit
Combine one word from each of the three columns below, prefaced with “Thou”:
Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 artless base-court apple-john bawdy bat-fowling baggage beslubbering beef-witted barnacle bootless beetle-headed bladder churlish boil-brained boar-pig cockered clapper-clawed bugbear clouted clay-brained bum-bailey craven common-kissing canker-blossom currish crook-pated clack-dish dankish dismal-dreaming clotpole dissembling dizzy-eyed coxcomb droning doghearted codpiece errant dread-bolted death-token fawning earth-vexing dewberry fobbing elf-skinned flap-dragon froward fat-kidneyed flax-wench frothy fen-sucked flirt-gill gleeking flap-mouthed foot-licker goatish fly-bitten fustilarian gorbellied folly-fallen giglet impertinent fool-born gudgeon infectious full-gorged haggard jarring guts-griping harpy loggerheaded half-faced hedge-pig lumpish hasty-witted horn-beast mammering hedge-born hugger-mugger mangled hell-hated joithead mewling idle-headed lewdster paunchy ill-breeding lout pribbling ill-nurtured maggot-pie puking knotty-pated malt-worm puny milk-livered mammet qualling motley-minded measle rank onion-eyed minnow reeky plume-plucked miscreant roguish pottle-deep moldwarp ruttish pox-marked mumble-news saucy reeling-ripe nut-hook spleeny rough-hewn pigeon-egg spongy rude-growing pignut surly rump-fed puttock tottering shard-borne pumpion unmuzzled sheep-biting ratsbane vain spur-galled scut venomed swag-bellied skainsmate villainous tardy-gaited strumpet warped tickle-brained varlot wayward toad-spotted vassal weedy unchin-snouted whey-face yeasty weather-bitten wagtail