"The world's grown honest" and "For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak / With most miraculous organ" are both quotes from Act II, scene ii that are examples of personification in William Shakespeare's play "Hamlet." Personification is a figure of speech in which inanimate objects are given traits normally ascribed to humans. In the above examples, the world and murder are given human qualities.Continue Reading
The first quote is spoken by Rosencrantz. Hamlet's mother and stepfather put Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, supposed "friends" of Hamlet, up to discovering the cause of Hamlet's depression. After some small talk, Hamlet asks them what news they bring. Rosencrantz answers with the above quote, indicating that things are now better in the country. In saying that "the world's grown honest," he is giving the world the ability to be truthful and straightforward.
In the second quote, Hamlet is revealing his plan for exposing Claudius and Gertrude. He intends to use a play with actions similar to those committed by the king and queen to make them show guilt. When they see their own actions performed on stage, Hamlet says "murder, though it have no tongue will speak." Giving murder the ability to speak is another way of saying that the murderous couple will, by their response, confess.Learn more about Classics
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In Act 3, Scene 1 of the play "Macbeth," written by William Shakespeare, Banquo becomes suspicious that Macbeth is responsible for Duncan's murder. During this scene, Macbeth becomes fearful of Banquo's suspicions.Full Answer >
In William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar," Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, begs him to stay home because she dreamed of his murder. At this point in the play, Act 2, Scene 2, Brutus and other Roman senators have decided to murder Caesar when he comes to the Capitol.Full Answer >
One example of a simile in William Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet" is in Act 1, scene 4, when Romeo says that love "pricks like thorn." Another occurs in Act 2, scene 2, when Romeo says that lover's tongues are "like softest music to attending ears."Full Answer >