Famous Quotes

William Shakespeare

"A little more than kin, and less than kind."

In William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, he uses a different style of writing that is far apart from any other writer in history. He has made such an impact in the history of Literature, that he is remembered in schools all across the world even today. One thing that he is definitely remembered for are his quotes. A prime example of one that sticks out can be found in Line 65 of Act I, Scene II. It come in after Claudius is done talking to Laertes about his return to France. Claudius is talking to Hamlet and speaks to him as his uncle and his stepfather. When this is introduced, Hamlet says as an aside, "A little more than kin, and less than kinds." This takes place in what the notation says "A room of state in the castle." He says this because he does not like how Claudius is two kinds of a family member. The tone of this shows that Hamlet is upset with Claudius and has lost a lot of his respect for him. This advances the plot by elevating his frustration towards the king, and foreshadows is inevitable death. It is also interesting how all Shakespear had to do in order to make this point was adding one letter at the end of kin. Since he says "more than kin and less than kind," it gives the reader a feeling of frustration shared with Hamlet, because when really thought about, there is no such word that is more than and less than one letter.