1-5 Memorize Hamlet

A collection of illustrated monologues from Hamlet

*words in bold are turned into images


To be or not to be

To be, or not to be–that is the question:

>Huge, bright red block letters on my lawn “BE” “not to BE”

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

>Brain with a cane walking through the gate

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune

>Between the iron gate and the wooden door, a siege engine and a group of archers protect Scrooge McDuck’s sea of gold coins

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

>God of war figure jumping into -a scene from a movie whose name I do not recall… basically a bottomless fissure that is home to these golems…

And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep

>Juliet lying in the piano

No more–and by a sleep to say we end

The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks

>Visible wound on her left chest


That flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation

>consummation: the point at which something is complete or finalized

>Romeo on one knee, kissing Juliet’s hand

Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep

>graffiti on the wall DIE SLEEP

To sleep–perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub,

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

>Dracula’s coffin

>comic thought bubbles

When we have shuffledoff this mortal coil,

>Quest crew shuffling on rotating, metal coil (large)

Must give us pause. There’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life.

>Last Samurai; humble American officers

>Brouhaha in the village

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

>character reference from Chinese 三国

Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man‘s contumely

>Kim Jung Un posing with Barney Stinson

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

>Pride and Prejudice scene; Anders Breivik’s trial

The insolence of office, and the spurns

>a random soap opera reference: businessperson who is tried for corruption sitting in his desk

That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,

>医院改革 debate; lineup at pharmacy

[When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin]? Who would fardels bear,

>Last Samurai: warrior performing seppuko

>a brown bear carrying a “fardel”

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

>Katherina Ivanovna Marmeladov washing rugs

But that the [dread of something after death],

>Christian praying, to little avail

The undiscovered country, from whose bourn

>World map spread on table

No traveller returns, puzzles the will,

>Will Hunting intrigued by a jigsaw puzzle

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

>Katherina Ivanovna Marmeladov coughing blood into her handkerchief

Than fly to others that we know not of?

>Luggage with name tag

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,

>a group of scientists gathering in the dining room, debating whether to drop the atomic bomb

And thus the native hue of resolution

>Macbook PRO

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

>Customer perturbed by the price tag

And enterprise of great pitch and moment

>Mark Zuckerberg

With this regard their currents turn awry

>stock figures plunging

And lose the name of action.

>Hamlet, with a sword in hand, wavers as to whether to enter the room


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Polonius’ advice to Leartes

Look thou character.


Give thy thoughts no tongue,

>torture device

Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.

>scene, hot lady opens the door

>A balance, with a naked lady on one side, and Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov on the other

Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar;

>a hug


The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,

>gentlemen drinking coffee on sofa; Mugs with Obama’s birth certificate

Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;

>replacement of chandelier: two prisoners tied together

But do not dull thy palm with entertainment

>Weightlifter putting lifting chalk on his hand

Of each new-hatch’d, unfledg’d comrade. Beware

>A baffoon frat, recent undergrad inviting for a bro fist

Of entrance to a quarrel, but, being in,

>Debating politics in living room

Bear ‘t that th’ opposed may beware of thee.

>A man aiming his gun

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;

>Van Gogh offering his bleeding ear

>Marlee Matlin

(Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.)

>Elizabeth observing Darcy who speaks hurtful lines

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

>Taylormade golf bag. Purse hanging off exposed driver.

But not express’d in fancy; rich, not gaudy;

For the apparel oft proclaims the man.

>Business executives determining eligibility for a management position based on pictures; Barney Stinson

[Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,]

>Chewy begging for money, YOU counting money

And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

>Rodion Romanovich Raskolnokov lying in rags, Sonya helplessly looking at him

This above all: to thine own self be true,

>arnold schwarzenegger lifting an unfit clone of himself

And it must follow, as the night the day,

>transition (window)

Thou canst not then be false to any man.

>Lie detector

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