Shakespeare's Famous Quotes

That it should come to this

Quote Explanation

In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet, greiving over his father's death, learns that his mother, Gertrude, has married his uncle, Claudius. Overwhelmed by these two life changing events, Hamlet delivers his first of five soliloquies. In Act 1 Scene 2, line 137, the audience is allowed into Hamlet's true thoughts on feelings, at Elsinore Castle. His desperation comes through when he cries out his desire to commit suicide. He can't though, because in his religion, "self-slaughter" is a sin. His hopelessness is at an all time high when he rings out "that it should come to this", meaning the way the world and his life has become.