"Let Hercules himself do what he may" - Help with Hamlet's cryptic utterance!!

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"Let Hercules himself do what he may, the cat will mew and dog will have its day", says Hamlet at the end of the Graveyard scene. There are several interpretations of this strange line that I have read. None are entirely satisfactory. What do we all make of it? Perhaps the "mewing" cat is Laertes and the Dog is Claudius? Give me some ideas, everyone!

-- Patrick Walker (the_right_hand_of_doom@msn.com), April 20, 2003


Whatever the gods and the powerful may try, lesser creatures will have their way at some time.

-- B. Whitehead (bob.w2@btinternet.com), July 23, 2003.

in the same vein of your previous responce. the quote is intending nothing will interfear with his revenge.

-- lilly potter (chanaoneill@yahoo.net), November 03, 2003.

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