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The first act is an element of the exposition, this play has 5 scenes and it is quite long but very dramatic. The first scene is very dramatic and dark.

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Hamlet In the 17th century William Shakespeare published Hamlet, it is a very apprehensive and dark play. In this piece of coursework I will be writing about why the audiences still get pleasure from watching the first act of hamlet, and how Shakespeare makes it attention-grabbing and exciting. This play is about a young man called Hamlet, whose father, has been brutally murdered by his fathers brother Claudius, and Hamlet will get revenge, in any manner. Hamlet is such a superior play it still appeals to audiences today, because of the way Shakespeare has written it. There is a lot of excitement, tension, dark and it is very interesting and audiences want to watch on as soon as they see it. There is a lot of difference between a 17th century audience and a 21st century audience, first of all in Shakespeare's time they didn't have any sophisticated special effects well in this case this play doesn't need any because Shakespeare has used such strong and effective language, and in the manner the play is set out, it doesn't need any special effects. Secondly the play can be set out in any historical context. For example the revenge of tragedy. Thirdly, the impact, the precious and the exquisiteness of the plays language. The play stores some of the most truly memorable lines in the English language, and even the most preeminent ever lines written by anyone. These are, "something is rotten in the state of Denmark". ...read more.


In Hamlets soliloquy, he talks about his mother and makes nasty comments about her. He talks about the fact that his mother got married so hurriedly that it's not even been a month since his father passed away. In his soliloquy, Hamlet uses a lot of strong language I know this because he says, "Frailty, thy name is woman". By this hamlet is saying that every woman are fickle. He also says that he is very disgusted and appalled with his mother. "O most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets". Shakespeare used soliloquy's to show that the audience knows the character feels. As hamlet was in the middle of his soliloquy, he was interrupted by Haratio, Marcellus and Barnado. The tension mounted, a heat wave went through hamlets body as he couldn't believe what he was hearing about the ghost. Moments before Hamlet was so distressed and fuming but now all of a sudden the picture on his face was changed by the news. Hamlet couldn't believe it, he was so eager to listen on, and ask more questions. "For gods love let me hear". This tells us that Hamlet is already planning something and wants more information. "Tis very strange". After listing a lot from Haratio Hamlet is saying that he will find out what is going on. At the end of this scene, the audience has seen Hamlet, they know what sort of a person he is and they heard his soliloquy. ...read more.


Here it is so furious that he says to Hamlet, that if you're my son then you will avenge it. This tells us that the ghost wants Hamlet to kill Claudius. As the audience it makes you feel these biting comments are going to effect hamlet and he's going to be up to something. Hamlets reaction to this news is to murder Claudius the way he murdered his father. "Murder"! Hamlet can not believe it; it makes the audience anxious and eager to watch on. "O, my prophetic soul". By this he means that he always thought that something bad happened to his father but he doesn't know. As the audience we feel sympathy for Hamlet about what he has just heard. "I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, all saw of books". Here he only has one thing on his mind to eradicate Claudius and get vengeance. As the audience we are excited and looking forward to see what Hamlet will do after making these bloodiness remarks to kill Claudius and that Claudius is a murderer and an assassin. Hamlet was just an amazing play wrote by William Shakespeare, especially the first act which is so dramatic and powerful, and without any doubt it is the most famous play in the English language. It is dramatic because of the language used by Shakespeare and layout of the play this built up intensity and made it interesting. It was interesting due to the appearance and re-appearance of the ghost, and at the certain times it came. Finally it was powerful because of the way Shakespeare used the variety of language. ALI RAZA ...read more.

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