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Write about your reactions to the final part of 'Hamlet'. You should discuss how Shakespeare has made this dramatic and fitting ending to the play. You can also refer to any film versions you have seenAt the start of the

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Write about your reactions to the final part of 'Hamlet'. You should discuss how Shakespeare has made this dramatic and fitting ending to the play. You can also refer to any film versions you have seen At the start of the play we see Hamlet returning to Denmark from university, as he has heard the news of his farther, Old-Hamlets death. He arrives home perhaps thinking that he shall now take the place as the king of Denmark, only to discover that while he was away Claudius, his uncle and Gertrude, his mother have been wed. Therefore Claudius, not Hamlet, takes the place as King of Denmark. When Hamlet discovers this he becomes almost deranged, especially when Old-Hamlet appears to him in a form of a ghost, revealing that Claudius killed Old-Hamlet. This knowledge forces him to feel betrayed by all around him, such as the politicians that once supported his father and now show that same respect to Claudius. He feels that he can not trust his mother or Ophelia, his girlfriend. When travelling actors arrive Hamlet decides to put on a play to draw Claudius out, by seeing if he would react to a play about a brother killing a king to steal the crown. ...read more.

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The use of language is of a high-class because the word 'ungored' reminds us of the poisoned tip of the foil and what Laertes planes to do with it. Before the duel can start, Claudius plans to drink to Hamlets 'better breath', this is ironic as Claudius has already planed to poison Hamlets goblet of wine with a pearl. Claudius refers to this as a 'union', which could refer to the way in which old-Hamlet and Hamlet are to be killed, as old-Hamlet was also killed with poison that Claudius gave him. Claudius also performs this task to show the people around him that he is supporting Hamlet, so he is not thought to be guilty of Hamlets death. After the 'king drinks to Hamlet' there is another out burst of sound as the trumpets are blown, this is also to add to the already excited atmosphere to start the duel. This leaves the audience knowing more than the victim. The next part of the text is split a series of short sentences, this is to create the speed of the duel and how the points are awarded by touches. The style of writing is used to build the dramatic tension between the two competitors. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes Hamlet angry and starts to make Claudius drink the poisoned goblet while saying all the sins Claudius has committed, 'incestuous, murderous, damned Dane'. Again 'union' is used to link Claudius's death to Gertrude's, as he is united with her in death. This could also refer to the way both the brothers were killed with poison. The anger of Hamlet changes the atmosphere into a mute. Laertes then 'exchanges forgiveness' with Hamlet, as Laertes dies. Hamlet is also feeling the poison within him as he admits to Horatio 'I am dead'. He next turns to the rest of the witnesses in the hall; this is a much more kingly way to die thinking of his country and giving blessing to Fortinbras as the next king. When Fortinbras arrives there is once again a burst of sound, but this is not to stir excitement, it is more to command respect. When he enters he is met with the dead bodies of the royal family. When Hamlet is taken away he is carried 'like a soldier to the stage', as Fortinbras believes that Hamlet would have been a mighty king. I think this ending to Hamlet is a fitting ending to the play as it contains a lot of dramatic tension and a lot of action. This ending also contains a lot of honour with every thing that was wrong being righted. 02/05/2007 Ben Ankers 1 ...read more.

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