The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

What are some lines you recognize, and from what plays do they come?

Chapter 21

Hamlet's soliloquy, as remembered by the duke, is a bunch of nice soulding lines from several different Shakespearean plays jammed together, but they mean nothing.

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There are a number of lines from Shakespeare's plays including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.


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To be, or not to be;(Hamlet - Act 3 - famous soliloquy) that is the bare bodkin That makes calamity of so

long life(same famous speech - out of order); For who would fardels bear(Same speech from Hamlet - much later), till Birnam Wood do come to

Dunsinane (Macbeth - witches' prophecies from Act IV), But that the fear of something after death Murders the

innocent sleep(Macbeth - murders the innocent sleep), Great nature's second course, And makes us rather sling

the arrows of outrageous fortune (in Hamlet's speech - "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune) Than fly to others that we know not of.

There's the respect must give us pause (combination of two Hamlet lines - "there's the respect that makes calamity of so long life" and "when we have shuffled off this mortal coil must give us pause"): Wake Duncan with thy knocking! I

would thou couldst (Macbeth - wishing the dead Duncan could be awakened); For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The

oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The law's delay, and the

quietus which his pangs might take (this list is actually close to the real Hamlet soliloquy), In the dead waste and middle of the

night, when churchyards yawn In customary suits of solemn black, But that

the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns (Hamlet soliloquy), Breathes

forth contagion on the world, And thus the native hue of resolution, like

the poor cat i' the adage, Is sicklied o'er with care, And all the clouds

that lowered o'er our housetops, With this regard their currents turn

awry, And lose the name of action. 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be

wished. But soft you, the fair Ophelia(when Ophelia confronts Hamlet early in the play to give him back his "remembrances": Ope not thy ponderous and marble

jaws, But get thee to a nunnery--go!(Hamlet early in the play when he fusses at Ophelia because he thinks she is betraying him)