Act I[ edit ] King Lear of Britain, elderly and wanting to retire from the duties of the monarchy, decides to divide his realm among his three daughters, and declares he will offer the largest share to the one who loves him most. The eldest, Gonerilspeaks first, declaring her love for her father in fulsome terms.
The quote in context Shortly before midnight, Hamlet meets Horatio on the battlements of the castle. They wait together in the darkness. From below they hear the sound of the men in the castle laughing and dancing riotously; the King draining his "draughts of Rhenish down" Hamlet explains to Horatio his dislike of such behaviour.
To Hamlet, drinking to excess has ruined the whole nation, which is known abroad as a land full of drunken swine.
Horatio spots the Ghost of Hamlet's father approaching. Hamlet calls out to the Ghost and it beckons Hamlet to leave with it. Despite the pleadings of Horatio and Marcellus, who are afraid that the apparition might be an evil entity in disguise, Hamlet agrees to follow the Ghost and the two figures disappear into the dark.
Marcellus, shaken by the many recent disturbing events and no doubt angered as is Hamlet by Claudius's mismanagement of the body politic, astutely notes that Denmark is festering with moral and political corruption.
Horatio replies "Heaven will direct it" 91meaning heaven will guide the state of Denmark to health and stability. For more please see the commentary for I am sick at heart 1.
Compare Marcellus' line to King Lear 5. Friends of my soul, you twain Rule in this realm, and the gored state sustain.
How to cite this article: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.The Tragedy Of Oedipus The King - You know and you won’t tell. You’re bent on betraying us, destroying Thebes.
(Sophocles ) In hopes of having the prophecy changed, Oedipus argued to Tiresias that what he was being told was a lie. - In William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, the plot is driven by the misguided and sometimes baseless decisions made by King Lear and the brutality of family members towards one another.
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King Lear is a tragedy by the big Billy himself, William Shakespeare. The play's action centres on an ageing king who decides to divvy up his kingdom between his three daughters (Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia) in order to avoid any conflict after his death.