Hamlet - Dramatis Personae



1. "There's a letter for you, sir; it comes from the ambassador that was bound for England. . ."

7. "Sweet lord, if your Lordship were at leisure, I should impart a thing to you from his majesty."

9. "In that and all things we show our duty."

11. "How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience!"

12. "since brevity is the soul of wit . . . I will be brief."

14. "I did very well note him."

17. "We go to gain a little patch of ground / That hath in it no profit but the name."

19. "What, has this thing appear'd again tonight?"

22 ."O' what a noble mind is here o'erthrown!"

23. "The ears are senseless that should give us hearing,/ To tell him, his commandment is fulfill'd . . ."

24."The serpent that did sting thy father's life / Now wears his crown."

25. "I have some rights of memory in this kingdom, / Which now to claim my vantage doth invite me."


2. "He is justly served; / It is a poison temper'd by himself."

3. "Nor do we find him forward to be sounded; / But, with a crafty madness, keeps aloof . . ."

4. "My lord, you must tell us where the body is, and go with us to the king."

5. "No more be done! / We should profane the service of the dead, / To sing a requiem . . ."

6.". . . Laertes, in a riotous head, / O'erbears your officers. The rabble call him lord . . ."

8. "What is he, that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright or the carpenter?"

10. "What is a man, / If his chief good and market of his time / Be but to sleep and feed?"

13. "Upon our first, he sent out to suppress / His nephew's levies . . ."

15. "My lord, that would dishonour him."

16. "O' Hamlet! thou has cleft my heart in twain."

18. "How now, Horatio! you tremble, and look pale: / Is not this something more than fantasy?"

20. "Out, out, thou strumpet, Fortune! All you gods, / In general synod, take away her power . . ."

21. men of high rank in the royal court whose wives are "ladies".


1. Complete this crossword puzzle by identifying the speaker of each quotation given as a clue.

2. For any five major characters, show how the quotation reflects that character's personality and how it contributes to plot.

3. Find one other quotation from the play to support the observation made about each character in question 2.


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