Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

  Act 5 Scene 2

page Act 5 Scene 2 Page 16

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HAMLET hurts CLAUDIUS
HAMLET wounds CLAUDIUS.

ALL

Treason! Treason!

ALL

Treason! Treason!

CLAUDIUS

O, yet defend me, friends. I am but hurt.

CLAUDIUS

Protect me, my friends. I’ve only been hurt, not killed.

HAMLET

320Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damnèd Dane,
Drink off this potion. Is thy union here?
Follow my mother.

HAMLET

Here, you goddamn incest-breeding Danish murderer, drink this. Is your little pearl in there? Follow my mother.
HAMLET forces CLAUDIUS to drink CLAUDIUS dies
HAMLET forces CLAUDIUS to drink. CLAUDIUS dies.

LAERTES

  He is justly served.
It is a poison tempered by himself.
Exchange forgiveness with me, noble Hamlet.
325Mine and my father’s death come not upon thee,
Nor thine on me. (dies)

LAERTES

He got what he deserved. He mixed that poison himself. Please forgive me as I forgive you, Hamlet. You’re not responsible for my death and my father’s, and I’m not responsible for yours. (he dies)

HAMLET

Heaven make thee free of it. I follow thee.—
I am dead, Horatio.—Wretched queen, adieu!—
You that look pale and tremble at this chance,
330That are but mutes or audience to this act,
Had I but time (as this fell sergeant, Death,
Is strict in his arrest), O, I could tell you—
But let it be.—Horatio, I am dead.
Thou livest. Report me and my cause aright
335To the unsatisfied.

HAMLET

God will free you from blame. I’ll follow you to heaven in a minute.—I’m dying, Horatio.—Goodbye, miserable queen.—And all you people watching, pale and trembling, speechless spectators of these acts, I could tell you a thing or two if I had the time (though this cruel officer, Death, doesn’t allow much free time). Let it be.—Horatio, I’m dying. You’re alive. Tell everyone what happened; set the story straight.

HORATIO

  Never believe it.
I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.
Here’s yet some liquor left.
(lifts the poisoned cup)

HORATIO

Not for a second. I’m more like an ancient Roman than a corrupt modern Dane. Some of this liquor’s still left in the goblet. (he picks up the poisoned cup to drink)