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In the third soliloquy, Hamlet admits to the audience he is a coward;

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In the third soliloquy, Hamlet admits to the audience he is a coward; "What an ass am I!" He then goes on to tell the audience of his new idea to help draw the truth out of Claudius. He believes that the theatre can make a person experience real emotion. He finds this remarkable that something fictional can create a reality. But Hamlet admits that he is not sure if the ghost said to be his father is really who he says to be and not the creation of Satan. Now the audience is aware of Hamlet's concerns and maybe what has been holding him back from taking action. But the prince decides to feed on Claudius's conscience by having the players re-enact the murder of his father. Then it is up to Claudius's reaction to prove to Hamlet that what the ghost spoke of was in fact the truth. Now the audience had even more of a build up of what is to come. ...read more.

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One theory is that Hamlet's madness was for his own protection. In the time period in which Hamlet would have lived, governments functioned through the usage of intricate spying networks. In Hamlet's Denmark, no one is permitted to go unwatched. Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Polonius are all sent to spy on Hamlet at various times. Polonius meets his death in the process. When Hamlet discovers the atrocity committed by his uncle, he wishes for revenge. In that time, it would have been quite natural to take matters into his own hands. In order to keep his plans secret; he cannot let on that he knows of the crime. Since he is constantly being spied upon and having his actions and words reported to Claudius, he must act enigmatically. Shakespeare puts Hamlet into a situation in which he must deal with the betrayal and murder of his father by his own family members. Communication of feeling is done solely in monologue or through the reports of a third party, or spy. ...read more.

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Ultimately, the characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet become victims of the unwholesome situation of their own creation. William Shakespeare found that imagery was a useful tool to give his works greater impact and hidden meaning. In Hamlet, Shakespeare used imagery to present ideas about the atmosphere, Hamlet's character, and the major theme of the play. He used imagery of decay to give the reader a feel of the changing atmosphere. He used imagery of disease to hint how some of the different characters perceived Hamlet as he put on his "antic disposition". And finally, he used imagery of poison to emphasize the main theme of the play; everybody receives rightful retribution in the end. Early in Hamlet, Shakespeare's first use of imagery was of decay. Marcellus says, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" (I; iv; 90), to Horatio after Hamlet leaves to talk with the ghost of his father. The imagery of decay used here gives the reader a background understanding of a few things. Information taken from: http://www.123helpme.com/preview.asp?id=7098 ?? ?? ?? ?? With particular reference to language, examine to what extent Hamlet's Third Soliloquy sums up the atmosphere and themes of acts 1 and 2. Matthew Willbye Page 1 ...read more.

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