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Discussing dramatic devices in Hamlet.

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Hamlet In Shakespeare's play "Hamlet" there is a lot of dramatic devices. This causes tension because the guards of the Norwegian royal family are very jumpy as they think there might be another attack. However young Hamlet is going to avenge the death of his farther. Then tragedy strikes when everyone dies. A heavy dark atmosphere is established at the start of act one, scene one. By using, questions such as "Who's there?" Gives the impression that the guards are cautious, and scared. Also, "You come most carefully upon your hour." This implies that Bernardo came quite quietly and discreetly, and that Francisco is scared. This makes you wonder why they are scared, is there going to be another war? Why are they being careful? This draws in the audience and makes them ask questions. Elizabethan audiences strongly believed in ghosts, so by taking advantage of this, Shakespeare has used certain techniques to introduce a ghost. This would engage the audience because they would strongly believe. ...read more.

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Then the ghost simply disappears. The entrances and exits of the ghost in act one, scene one are also used to manipulate the audience and give them knowledge. This also raises dramatic tension and gives Shakespeare the opportunity to introduce a subplot of Fortinbrass of Norway and the fact that Denmark has been involved in a battle with Norway before. When Horatio then says "Such was the very armour he had on," this gives the audience a description of the ghost but also sends out a warning to the guards. Also, "when he the ambitious Norway combated;" Horatio is saying that Norway and Denmark have been to war before, the use of the word "ambitious" tells us that Norway is after more land, and they are a threat to Denmark. Shakespeare uses the silence of the ghost as a dramatic device because it makes both the audience and the performers, wonder why the ghost is there. Also the ghost's use of silence makes you ask questions, such as, why is he here? Or, who is he looking for? This builds up tension and intrigues the audience. ...read more.

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Also this is an important part in the play because in the bible Peter denied Christ three times which ultimately lead to his death. This tells us that death is imminent and allows us to understand that Hamlet was betrayed by someone close. At the end of act one, scene one, young Hamlet is mentioned by Horatio, "Unto young Hamlet; for, upon my life, this spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him." This tells us that the ghost won't speak to Horatio, Bernardo, Marcellus or Francisco, because he is acting dumb, but he will speak to young Hamlet. This is a significant because we know that death has been prophesised through so we can guess that Hamlet will die too. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses a combination of devices to show that the natural order has been disturbed; we understand this will lead to more deaths. Shakespeare uses natural omens, the ghost and historical and biblical metaphors to prepare the audience for the end of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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This essay would have been better if there had been a focus on just the opening scenes as this is where most of the points come from; some of these have been carefully considered but they all need further exploration.

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