"What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason..."
Man is the Noblest Creature
In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet states "What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties..." in Act 2, Scene 2, Line 293. Hamlet is talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern when he describes that man is the ultimate work, infinite in intellectual potential. In a sarcastic, yet semi-serious tone Hamlet advances the plot by explaining how smart men are and symbolizing how Rosencrantz and Guildenstern stabbed him in the back. In the quote Hamlet reveals that man is the noblest of all God's pieces of work. He makes it clear to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he sees all the beauties of the world even when things go wrong.