Hamlet was a College Student: The Literary Evidence
Hamlet on dorm rooms:
"I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite
Hamlet on orientation week:
"The undiscovered country from whose bourn/No traveller returns."
Hamlet on late-night study sessions:
POLONIUS: What do you read, my lord?
Hamlet: Words, words, words.
Hamlet on recovering from late-night study sessions:
"To die, to sleep,/No more..."
Hamlet on dorm food:
"At supper...a certain convocation of politic worms..."
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
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)