May 18, 2016


Quick Glance



This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 178 page book.

*Sexual and Violence incidents coming soon! We'll change this number once these incidents are included.

Author: William Shakespeare
Key Words: Classics, Literature, Plays, Drama, Fiction, Shakespeare

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Book Description:

The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. The story follows Hamlet, who by a visitation from a ghost, learns that his father was murdered. All consumed, he decides to seek vengeance against the murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark.


Illustrations - 1 Incident

An illustration of a naked man


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 21 Incidents

d*mn*d, bl*st, d*mn, h*ll, d*mn*bl*, d*mn*t**n

Anatomical Terms - 7 Incidents

c*ck, *ss

Scatological Terms - 2 Incidents


Religious Profanities - 39 Incidents

God, what in faith, By the mass, Marry, Faith, Sblood, By'r lady, God's bodkin, Swounds, i'faith, perdie, by the rood, Lord

Derogatory Terms - 3 Incidents

niggard, b*st*rd, whoreson

Violence - 5 Incidents

A poem is recited in which it describes a murderous man, covered in blood and coagulate gore, and refers to a few of his crimes.

"In mincing with his sword her husband's limbs."

Two men plot to kill another man.

"No, not to stay the grinding of the axe, My head should be struck off," meaning he knows of orders to kill him.

Two men have a sword fight and both are mortally wounded. While this is happening, a woman is poisoned and dies and another man poisoned and stabbed as well.

Conversation Topics - 7 Incidents

One of the main characters commits suicide by drowning herself and the idea of suicide is referenced a few times throughout.

There is a ghost that visits the living.

There is some drinking throughout.

In the Notes, they explain that "religious law against suicide was generally thought to include self-murder" and quotes Exodus 20:13.

A man speaks on the contemplation of suicide.

It is just found out that a woman committed suicide by drowning herself.

A gravedigger is making merry while digging a grave, talking to himself about the dead and throwing around skulls. Could be morbid.

Sexual Content

Making Out/Sex - 15 Incidents

A father is afraid a man "will seduce his daughter."

A brother is warning a sister to be careful around a prince as he might try to seduce her, "the virtue of his will," meaning lustful desires, might take her virginity.

GRAPHIC: Although a daughter uses the word "tenders" to mean declarations of love, the father hears sexual innuendo.

"When the blood burns" means sexual passion.

GRAPHIC: A father sends a servant to spy on his son to see if he is "drabbing" (frequenting prostitutes) and "open to incontinency" meaning sexual excesses.

A girl is describing how a man held her and looked at her as "though he wanted to" (implying sex).

A father says he thinks the man only flirted but really meant to "wrack thee" meaning sexually assault you.

GRAPHIC: Sexual innuendo is used when a man asks "do you know me?"

"Let her no walk i'th' sun [in public]. Conception is a blessing, but as your daughter may conceive - friend, look to't." This is to mean guard your daughter or some man might have his way with her.

GRAPHIC: "Then you live about her waist, or in the middle of her favours?" "Faith, her privates we." "In the secret parts of Fortune? O most true, she is a strumpet [prostitute]." All sexual innuendo.

GRAPHIC: "Lady, shall I lie in your lap," begins a conversation full of sexual innuendo.

"When second husband kisses me in bed."

GRAPHIC: "It would cost you a groaning to take off my edge." Sexual implication

GRAPHIC: A poem is recited about St Valentine's Day and how a girl will go into a room a virgin but leave the room being one no longer. How men will take advantage of girls. C*ck/penis is used.

GRAPHIC: Again, a poem is recited about St Valentine's Day and how a girl will go into a room a virgin but leave the room being one no longer. How men will take advantage of girls. C*ck/penis is used.

Homosexuality - 11 Incidents

A son loathes the idea of his mom's lust for his uncle after his father's death and says "honeymooning and making love Over the nasty sty."

The word "incestuous" is used to refer to a woman who marries her husband's brother - both are main characters.

In the Notes, they explain "sullied" to be referring to a woman's incestuous marriage.

A son is grieved over his mother's incestuous marriage to his uncle and says how she hastened to "incestuous sheet," meaning to have sex with.

A ghost is explaining that his wife and brother are adulterers and relates how his brother seduced his wife.

"Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and d*mn*d incest."

A homosexual reference is made when a man jests by saying that "man delights not me - nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so."

A young boy is called "a young lady" as he is to act a female part in a play.

"In th'incestuous pleasure of his bed."

GRAPHIC: A man is enraged with his uncle for taking his mother as wife and speaks of how it cannot be love but lust; and how at their age, the sexual period (desire) is now tamer than it once was.

GRAPHIC: The man tells his mother to not go to his uncle's bed, but then changes his mind, saying "let the bloat king tempt you again to bed, pinch wanton on your cheek, call you his mouse, and let him, for a pair of reechy kisses or paddling in your neck," find out that I am not mad but am plotting his ruin.

Miscellaneous - 28 Incidents

The word "virginity" is used.

A woman and a man are referred to as a "most seeming-virtuous queen" and "that adulterate beast."

The word "vulgar" is used to mean, "be friendly but don't make yourself cheap" as described in Notes.

"But mere implorators of unholy suits," referring to men making sinful entreaties to women.

"Let not the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and d*mn*d incest,"

The word "bosom" is used to mean heart.

"I saw him enter such a house of sale" meaning a brothel.

The word "bosom" is used to mean heart

The word "strumpet" is used to mean prostitute.

"Must like a whore unpack my heart with words and fall a-cursing like a very drab [prostitute]."

The words "harlot's cheek" are used.

A man is asking if a girl is "honest" [chaste] and jests about it (implied sexual innuendo).

"Get thee to a nunnery. Why, wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?" Could mean nunnery or brothel. The man expounds on this topic to a girl.

In the Notes it mentions "heterosexual love."

GRAPHIC: A man says to a girl, "Ay, or any show that you will show him. Be not you ashamed to show..." sensual implications

The word "breast" is used to mean heart.

The word "bosom" is used to mean heart.

The word "bosom" is used to mean heart.

"Sets a blister [whore] there, makes marriage vows as false as dicers' oaths."

"A mother stain'd" meaning not sexually pure.

Uses the words "cuckold" and "harlot." Cuckold meaning a man with an unfaithful wife.

In the Notes it mentions "marital infidelity."

Mentions "virgin crants" which were wreaths of virginity, and maiden strewments which were flowers strewn on the grave in token of chastity.

In the Notes the word "chastity" is used.

A man "whor'd my mother."

GRAPHIC: I "did comply with his dug [nipple] before 'a sucked it," vulgar

A man is called "incestuous."

The word "carnal" is used in reference to the marriage of the wife to the brother-in-law.

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