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Who said 'something is rotten in the state of Denmark' and in what famous play?

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2009-09-05 17:57:36
2009-09-05 17:57:36

Marcellus said that in Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet' in act I, scene IV.

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"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark," is a quote from Hamlet by William Shakespear.

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This expression is from one of the most recognized works of Shakespeare. The line "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" is from Hamlet.

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Originally it's the ominous start from Shakespeare's Hamlet "There's something rotten in the state of Denmark..." It referred to the foul play involved in the plot.

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"Neither a lender or borrower be..." "To be or not to be..." "There is something rotten in the state of Denmark." There's more but I don't want to look it up.

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Marcellus in Hamlet after he and Horatio see the ghost of Hamlet's father.

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In the days of Hamlet there definitely was. How things are now-a-days I'm really not up on.

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The ghost's appearance indicates to the guards that "something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

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*grin* Close! The quote is, "Something is rotten in the State of Denmark." It's from Hamlet, Act I, Scene IV, said by Marcellus to Horatio, as he's commenting on the injustice and corruption in the political/royal hierarchy.

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In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, we hear the following conversation between Horatio and Marcellus:Horatio: He waxes desperate with imaginationMarcellus: Let's follow. 'Tis not fit thus to obey himHoratio: Have after. To what issue will this come?Marcellus: Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.Horatio: Heaven will direct it.This is one time when the popular misquotation-"Something's rotten in Denmark"-is a real improvement on the original. But you ought to be careful around purists, who will also remember that the minor character Marcellus, and not Hamlet, is the one who coins the phrase. There's a reason he says "state of Denmark" rather than just Denmark: the fish is rotting from the head down-all is not well at the top of the political hierarchy.There have been some hair-raising goings-on outside the castle at Elsinore. As the terrified Horatio and Marcellus look on, the ghost of the recently deceased king appears to Prince Hamlet. The spirit beckons Hamlet offstage, and the frenzied prince follows after, ordering the witnesses to stay put. They quickly decide to tag along anyway-it's not "fit" to obey someone who is in such a desperate state. In this confused exchange, Marcellus's famous non sequitur sustains the foreboding mood of the disjointed and mysterious action. And it reinforces the point and tone of some of Hamlet's earlier remarks-for example, that Denmark is "an unweeded garden" of "things rank and gross in nature" (Act 1, scene 2). When his father's ghost tells him his chilling tale in scene 5, the prince will realize just how rotten things really are in Denmark.

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There is an injustice being perpetuated in the Danish royal house. ....Mmmm , the Royal House bit in the above reply is historicaly correct.But seeing how we are not in 1603 , intodays world , this phrase means to convey CORRUPTION

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Bush The quote is from the play "Hamlet" and the remark is made by Marcellus in Act I, scene iv. Marcellus is one of the guard along the battlements of the castle that has alerted Hamlet to the apparition of his dead father.

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the 'smell' is alluding to something wrong, not an actual odor- Ex- when you smell something fishy going on- it doesn't actually mean you smell flounder Hamlet quotes- "There is something rotten in the state of Denmark" "The old chief will wear his feathers, ride his pony and eat his corn when you smell the flowers that they put on your grave"

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Ministry of the State of Denmark was created in 1914.

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This quote comes from the play 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare. It refers to the fact that there is incest and murder going on in the Danish royal family.

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That state is very Denmark-like

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No, Denmark is a sovereign state, north of Germany.

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Denmark is a country on the continent of Europe.

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State of Denmark - 1997 is rated/received certificates of: Australia:PG

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Directorate of State Forestry - Denmark - was created in 1911.

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Marcellus says that there is something rotten in the state of Denmark while Hamlet leaves to meet the ghost dragging the dead body of Polonius with him. Gertrude watches him leave as she reports that Ophelia has just died. But perhaps it would be clearer if we knew which of the three scene 4s in Hamlet we were talking about.

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Denmark is a country in Europe. Next to Germany, Sweden and Norway.

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Denmark is an independent country, with a Queen and a Prime Minister.

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Are you looking for phrases or just individual words? Phrases include: To thine own self be true ..with bated breath There is something rotten in the state of Denmark. To be or not to be-that is the question. Neither a borrower or a lender be Sweets for the sweet Not a mouse stirring ..a foregone conclusion I am sure there is more, that's all I can think of at the moment.


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