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Compare and contrast the ways in which language expresses the feelings of anger and frustration felt, by Hamlet and Claudius.

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Compare and contrast the ways in which language expresses the feelings of anger and frustration felt, by Hamlet and Claudius. Shakespeare uses very strong and powerful language in both of the speeches to express to the audience the strong feelings of anger and guilt felt by Hamlet and Claudius at this point in the play. The speeches are both commenced with a sorrowful expression, `O', I think this demonstrates their pain and grief about what they both feel is their fault. I think Claudius feels he perhaps shouldn't have murdered his brother, but is still trapped in indecisiveness and his thoughts conflict each other, through guilt about being a murderer, and where he would be and what he would not have if he hadn't taken action to try and lift his place in society. ...read more.

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They enable the audience to build vivid mental images of powerful items, which brings the feelings of self hatred experienced by the characters to life, enabling the audience to feel the character's pain and grief. A difference in Shakespeare's portrayal of the character's similar feelings, is that the language used in Hamlet's speech explicitly shows his deep feelings, as he forcefully explains his grief and sorrow about the situation, `I am pigeon livered and lack gall to make oppression bitter,' Hamlet clearly shows that he feels he is lacking courage and confidence. But in Claudius' speech he explains how he feels bad about what he has done, but he doesn't use such dramatic and descriptive language, whilst quietly explaining how he feels. ...read more.

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I think Claudius' anger and frustration is about killing his brother and throughout his speech he concentrates the whole speech to this unlike Hamlet who has mixed feelings and goes through different states of mind during his speech. I think on the surface Hamlet and Claudius have different feelings about the murder of the king, but deep inside they share similar emotions. Hamlet describes his father's murder as a `damned defeat', meaning a defeat as an act of destruction, which I think is a powerful way of expressing the anger and grief he feels about it, because he is saying that Claudius hasn't only destroyed a part of him, he has irreparably removed part of his life because what has been destroyed cannot be replaced. ...read more.

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