Shakespeare Quotes | Get thee to a nunn'ry

"Get thee to a nunn'ry."

--From Hamlet (III, i, 122)
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Hamlet lashes out at the fragile and innocent Ophelia with this phrase. Ophelia has been ordered by her father Polonius to stop seeing Hamlet. As Hamlet sinks into despair over the murder of his father, and the betrayal by his mother in marrying the murderer, his anger towards all women increases. In this scene, Ophelia is subjected to his rage and apparent madness, thinking it a manifestation of unrequited love. Of course, it goes much deeper than that, and comes on the heels of the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy in which Hamlet ponders suicide. Often cited as an argument for Hamlet's genuine madness, his cruelty to Ophelia in this speech is extreme, and most certainly contributes to her eventual suicide.

Themes/keywords: Hamlet, unrequited love, anger, madness, rejection

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