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HAMLET

It shall to the barber’s, with your beard.—Prithee,

say on. He’s for a jig or a tale of bawdry, or he

sleeps. Say on. Come to Hecuba. (II, ii, 487-489)

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But if the gods themselves did see her then

When she saw Pyrrhus make malicious sport

In mincing with his sword her husband’s limbs,

The instant burst of clamor that she made,

(Unless things mortal move them not at all)

Would have made milch the burning eyes of heaven,

And passion in the gods. (II, ii, 500-506)

Hamlet wants the Player to continue the speech, despite Polonius’ protests, and get to the part about the Queen, Hecuba. In this part the Player recites a portion talking about the poor state of the Queen and the difficulty she had to face watching her husband be killed by Pyrrhus. Hamlet could relate this part of the Trojan War story to his own life, as he has to watch his mother being deceived by Claudius. For this reason he wants to hear it said, despite Polonius' opposition to hearing the long speech. It is important to understand the situation Hecuba had been put in, having to watch her husband be killed during the war, to be able to contrast it to Hamlet's mother being deceived and living with the death of her husband, and later finding out he died by murder.

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