Never Know

Act IV: Scene 5, Page 3

"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."-Ophelia

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia is in the castle talking to Claudius right after Polonius death. They are discussing his death and Ophelia says "We know what we are, but know what we may be." This quote means that people know what are now, but they don't know what will happen to them later. Ophelia says this in a serious tone and this shows how she is thinking about killing herself. This quote also foreshadows that something will happen to the characters and they don't know what it will be. This can relate to everyday life how people know what they are, but have no idea what they will be or could be in ten years.