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Comment on the dramatic significance of any three scenes in Hamlet.

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Q. Comment on the dramatic significance of any three scenes in Hamlet. Act 1 Scene 1 Act 3 Scene 2 Act 5 Scene 2 Ans. Shakespeare's tragedies revolve around a person of social or intellectual status whose life is ruined by one great mistake or a tragic flaw. Hamlet reveals Shakespeare's gift for dramatic characterization and brilliant poetic imagery. Shakespeare truly understands the human mind and sympathises with the problems an individual faces. This he does through his powerful language and striking visual imagery. Shakespeare wrote the play around the turn of the 17th century Elizabethan London was full of intellectual and artistic ideas, Hamlet is probably one of Shakespeare's most studied and popular plays. Loosely based on Danish history, the play most likely has its origins in Histories Tragiques. The atmosphere was politically turbulent and dangerous. When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet he was already very experienced and a master of poetic techniques and stagecraft. He began to attempt radical new ways of engaging his audience. Hamlet's popularity is due to his artistic exuberance, rich and varied incidents, characters and language. We observe Hamlet's decoration of love for Horatio and his friend's tender fare well. Shakespeare's heroes have preoccupation with self and are introspective in nature. His tragic heroes are haunted by their conscience seeking their true selves agonizing over what course of action to take, as they follow what can often be understood as a kind of spiritual progress towards heaven or hell. Hamlet is an intensely theatrical play. It richly displays Shakespeare's interest in his own profession as actor and playwright, and the London theatres at the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Shakespeare's plays are written for the stage and so are intended to be performed and seen by audience. The work of art mimics the beliefs, assumptions and prejudices of the society of which it is produced. Hamlet was produced at a time of intellectual religious and political controversy. ...read more.

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Didst perceive?" This shows that Hamlet is pleased with the play and the play has served its purpose and proved the reliability of the ghost. This part of the play shows Hamlet is nervous, by using rhyme it makes him sound out of breath and speeds up his speech; it also shows his careful planning to detail in the play paid off. The play also has had an affect on the audience, when the king gets up they will not know why, they will be wondering what the dramatic exit of the king means, it may also change their opinion of the king, they may realize he is an angry mysterious character. Hamlet's outburst towards his mother and the society is powerful. Shakespeare's use of words and phrase add to the dramatic element of the scene. Words and phrases like "the counterfeit presentment of two brothers"; "compulsive ardour" and "precedent lord" show the anger in Hamlet's tone. At the end of the play, when Hamlet is successful in bringing out guilt onto Claudis's face, there is a line with the same word repeated three times to show his guilt, fear, and nervousness. "Lights, lights, lights!" This part of the play shows Hamlet as excitable, by using rhyming it makes him sound out of breath and speeds up his speech, it also shows his careful planning to detail in the play paid off. The will also have had an affect on the audience, when the king gets up they will not know why, they will be wondering what the dramatic exit of the king means, it may also change their opinion of the king, they may realize he is an angry mysterious character. Shakespeare's settings always tell the reader of what is coming up next. "Tis now the very witching time of night, when churchyards yawn, and the hell itself breathe out." In this particular line, we see that the atmosphere tells the audience that something unpleasant is awaiting the main character. ...read more.

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The question of who we are and why, where have we come from, where we have to go, where we will go next, where we will end up are all expressed in the play. All in all Hamlet leaves us with a message that life is indeed worth living, even by imperfect people in an imperfect world, where "revenge should know no bounds" Hamlet is not so much a play as a companion for life. Hamlet is a family drama, and since we are all members of a family it sustains our interest. The focus is on family relationships like brother and sister, father and son, father and daughter, mother and son, friendship and friendship betrayed, importance of duty to ones own country, to those in power of oneself, to God, to truth are all cleverly interwoven into the play and generate the plays electricity (interest). In Hamlet Shakespeare dramatizes in a memorable way issues central to everyone's critical self. His language offers to make thrilling theater and also having dark, ironic, melancholy, passionate, contemplative, desperate, violent tones used throughout adds to the dramatic effect that remains true to the spirit of the play. As usual, Shakespeare has researched information about his main character and then changed him into the dramatic personage that he becomes. I feel Shakespeare has very cleverly used the Ghost to heighten dramatic interest and the death of Hamlet at the end of the play to heighten the tragedy. The end results of Shakespeare's changes are the creation of a powerful and memorable protagonist and a dramatically effective play. All in all I feel the play is not only a tragedy entertaining people but it puts forward to us a very moralistic situation, where it tells us of what rebellious attitude of a man can lead to... and where no human can have control of his/her state of mind in situations which Hamlet himself went through, where his evil side took over his good. Page -1- ...read more.

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