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Higher English 2003 - Hamlet - Turning Point in Drama

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English 2003 Critical Essay Paper: Drama Q3: Choose a play in which there is a scene which provides a clear turning point in the drama. Explain why it is a turning point and go on to discuss the importance of the scene to your appreciation of the play as a whole. Plan Hamlet - Act 3 Scene 3 - Prayer - Hamlet has chance to kill C - doesn't - explain re before ghost's call to revenge - H's plan: Play - after fate stacked against as C knows - sent to England - back but kills everyone. Essay In the play "Hamlet", by William Shakespeare, there is a clear turning point in the drama in Act Three Scene Three - the "Prayer Scene". After this scene, fate is stacked against Hamlet, who has failed to exact revenge for his dead father by killing Claudius, his father's murderer. In the previous scene, Players have, under Hamlet's instructions, performed a play which recreates the ghost's account of his murder. ...read more.


He reasons that it would not be fair to his father, who was killed without confessing his sins, to kill Claudius in the holy act of prayer, and decides to leave his revenge until Claudius is: "about some act Which has no prospect of salvation in't" After he says this, he continues on his way to see his mother. When he leaves, Claudius finishes his prayer and says, ironically: "My words fly up, my thoughts remain below Words without thoughts never to heaven go" In other words, Claudius' prayer was not heartfelt and sincere. If Hamlet had killed him, he would not have gone straight to heaven, cleansed of all sins, because his sins had not been absolved. But why did Hamlet have to exact revenge in the first place, if his father died while he was in Wittenberg? Well, when he arrived in Denmark after his father died, his father's ghost appeared to him, and commanded Hamlet to take revenge on Claudius for him. ...read more.


it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all" The duel ends in disaster, with everyone dying except Horatio. If Hamlet had simply killed Claudius during the "Prayer Scene", none of this violence would have occurred, and he would have successfully exacted revenge for his father. Instead, his tragic flaw let him down, and leaves the lingering question: is an act of revenge that killed everyone that Old Hamlet loved an act of revenge that he really wanted his son to take? And, after everything, was Hamlet's revenge really successful? Word Count: 901 words Time Taken: 50 minutes for plan, essay, and checking that the quotations were correct Help: Checked that quotations are correct 19/25 (Category II; A) Good amount of analysis; accurate & good quotations; fluently written; good discursive essay on the text More explicit reference to Hamlet's tragic conflict needed in order to fully show understanding of why Hamlet fails to act in the prayer scene ?? ?? ?? ?? Sarah Leslie 14/06/2008 Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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