How i will analyze the quote from hamlet(IV,iv,35)"A beast,no more.........To fust in us unus'd"?

A beast, no more.

Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,

Looking before and after, gave us not

That capability and godlike reason

To fust in us unused.

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  • 8 years ago
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    The whole scene leads up to Hamlet's lament that he seems incapable of acting. You should quote just what comes before the lines you have quoted.

    How all occasions do inform against me,

    And spur my dull revenge! What is a man

    If his chief good and market of his time

    Be but to sleep and feed?

    Every chance Hamlet has had he has squandered. He should get on with the revenge. Is man only meant to be good or make good use of his time by eating and drinking and that is all he does.

    Now to you lines

    fust means to waste away as in becoming moldy. So the godlike gifts we have been given wither away because we don't use them

    Source(s): Look up this reference to see if you can better make sense of what is being said.
  • 8 years ago

    God-like Reason Unused -

    Hamlet's soliloquy about Fortinbras is ironic. It goes from

    Sure, he that made us with such large discourse,

    Looking before and after, gave us not

    That capability and god-like reason

    To fust in us unused.


    My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!

    Is that using his god-like reason? Only to think bloody thoughts?

    Also in the same soliloquy:

    Rightly to be great

    Is not to stir without great argument,

    But greatly to find quarrel in a straw

    When honour's at the stake.

    That "honour" leads to:

    The imminent death of twenty thousand men,

    That, for a fantasy and trick of fame,

    Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot

    Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,

    Which is not tomb enough and continent

    To hide the slain. . .

    Is that "honour"? To send thousands to their graves for "a straw"?

    The irony is a little complicated in this soliloquy because, although the audience is intended to see the irony in Hamlet's words, Hamlet himself doesn't see it. He hasn't yet realized that he has from himself been taken away by his father's warlike spirit which he had written to live all alone in the book and volume of his brain. Thus, in this soliloquy he starts by expressing his own values, the values of a student from Wittenberg who uses his god-like reason. But then his father's spirit takes over and scoffs at reason as some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on the event, concluding that thoughts are worthless unless they are bloody.

    Also please see

    Hamlet in a Nutshell - Hamlet Is an Anti-War Play -

    Source(s): My website: Smith's Hyper Hamlet An Annotated Hamlet with Hypertext Links to Related Lines, Motifs, and Essays
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