Dialogue, Hamlet and Horatio
Act 5.1.178-209, by Nicholas Huynh
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Where be your gibes now?
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And smelt so? pah! (5.1.186)
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The dust is earth
Turned to clay
Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. (5.1.199) This passage is referring to Julius Caesar, a famous emperor of Rome, one of the largest and longest empires in the world. Hamlet is implying that though Caesar is dead, he still has purpose as clay. Clay can be molded and be used to patch damages such as when Hamlet said, "Should patch a wall t' expel the winter’s flaw!"(5.1.200) Thus it applies to how a great person like Caesar who left the world in awe, can now be used just to patch a wall.
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