Hamlet was a College Student: The Literary Evidence


by Tink


Hamlet on dorm rooms:

   "I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite 
   space." (II,ii,256-7)


Hamlet on orientation week:

   "The undiscovered country from whose bourn/No traveller returns." 
   (III,i,80-1)


Hamlet on late-night study sessions:

   POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord?
   Hamlet: Words, words, words.
   (II,ii,192-3)


Hamlet on recovering from late-night study sessions:

   "To die, to sleep,/No more..." 
   (III,i,60-1)


Hamlet on dorm food:

   "At supper...a certain convocation of politic worms..."  
   (IV,iii,18,20-1)


Hamlet on bureaucracy:

   "For who would bear/...The insolence of office, and the spurns/That 
   patient merit of the unworthy takes..." (III,i,70,73-4)


Hamlet on the Pub:

   "We'll teach you to drink deep ere you depart." (I,ii,175)


Hamlet on the morning after:

   "Why, what an ass am I!" (II,ii,593)


Hamlet on the administration:

   "Meet it as I should set it down/ That one may smile and smile and 
   still be a villain." (I,v,106-7)


Hamlet on course requirements:

   "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,/ Than are dreamt 
   of in your philosophy." (I,v,156-7)


Hamlet on exams:

   "To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man pickt out of ten
   thousand." (II,ii,178-9)


Hamlet on final grades:

   "There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so." (II,ii,251-3)


Hamlet on ass-kissing:

   "'Tis as easy as lying" (III,ii,375)


Hamlet on deceiving roommates:

   "When he is drunk, asleep, or in his rage; / Or in th' incestuous 
   pleasure of his bed..." (III,iii,89-90)






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