For the first time in Hamlet, Claudius' guilt is definitely confirmed by the phrase "O, my crime is rotten, it reeks to heaven." Claudius begins his soliloquy by portraying his "offense," the murder of his brother, Old Hamlet, as "rank," that is, foul-smelling and repulsive. Then, changing his mind, he adds "it reeks to heaven"--that is, its stench reaches God.
This line expresses Claudius' remorse for his sin. He realizes that his crime has terrible consequences, not only for him but also for everyone around him. It also shows that even though Claudius is a wicked man, he is not heartless. He knows that what he has done is wrong and he is sorry for it.
Here are other descriptions of this famous quote from Shakespeare's play:
"O, my offense is rank, it reeks to heaven; / I have no answer to make to that."
Claudius says this after thinking about how his crime will be found out by everyone. He realizes that there is nothing he can do or say at this point to make things better so he just leaves it up to God whether or not he will be punished for his sins.
Shakespeare uses language fluently and with precision, and this quote is no exception. It is simple and easy to understand because of its directness.
"For courageous Macbeth—well, he merits that reputation," comments the Captain (I. ii line 16). It demonstrates that Macbeth is a combat hero. Furthermore, the title is not self-proclaimed, meaning that it is well-deserved and that Macbeth is deserving of the accolades bestowed upon him.
This idiom's general meaning is effectively conveyed by the image of a smell so awful that it reaches the sky and beyond. However, in the 17th century, it was used to characterize bad circumstances rather than nasty odors. The expression first appeared in 1657 in John Milton's poem Paradise Lost: "A fog came on which obscured all things not near at hand." It has been suggested that this may have been because people at that time believed that smells were sent into the air to warn people of danger, but there are other possibilities as well.
The word "fog" in this context means "a dense cloud covering something far away". In modern usage, we often think of fogs as being caused by moisture in the air, but this wasn't always the case. Fogs have been observed since early times, and they're common in many parts of the world where there is much rain falling from the sky.
In fact, fogs have been known to cause problems for travelers, especially those traveling at night. A fog can make it difficult or impossible to see more than a few feet in front of you, which could lead to accidents happening due to missed turns or obstacles.
People have tried various ways to prevent or get around fogs over the years, but none of them are very effective.
If you can think of any more common quotations whose source is not commonly known, please email us! The choice is whether to be or not to be. — The quote came from Shakespeare's Hamlet, who stated these lines (Act III, scene 1).
Keep This Word! A remark used by William Shakespeare's title character in his play Hamlet. Human understanding, according to Hamlet, is limited: Horatio, there are more things in heaven and on earth than you can imagine in your philosophy [science].
Shakespeare based this line on a verse in the Book of Job (4:17) that translates as "there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." It has been attributed to many other authors since then.
Why is this important? The quote is often taken out of context from a speech by Hamlet to his friend Horatio just before they go to see King Claudius about his father's death. The pair have just heard that the king has married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude, so it is important that Horatio knows what to say to comfort him. In fact, the whole scene is a soliloquy by Hamlet, so this line is important for showing how much he thinks about these matters.
It has been suggested that instead of using a word that means "dream" or "visions", as most translations do, Shakespeare may have been trying to express that there are more things in life than what our senses tell us.