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Discussing Hamlet.

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HAMLET (Intro) "Hamlet", was written around the year 1600 in the final years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, who had been the monarch of England for more than forty years. The play focuses particularly on the uncertainties, betrayals, and upheavals that accompany such shifts in power, and the general sense of anxiety and fear that surround them. The supernatural appearance of the ghost on a chilling, misty night outside Elsinore Castle indicates immediately that something is wrong in Denmark. The King-like appearance of the ghosts suggests that the King's soul is not at rest leading to a mystery in the transfer of power after the king's death, seeming to imply that the future of Denmark is a dark and frightening one. ...read more.


He is not only betrayed by his uncle, also by his own mother! "Why, she would hang on him as I increase of appetite had grown...yet within a month..." (I.ii.143), "O God a beast... would have mourn'd longer" (I.ii.150). These betrayals not only obsess him against his "new" parents, but his reputation over woman also rots, and his words often indicate his disgust with and distrust of women in general, "Frailty, thy name is woman..." (I.ii.146). All these betrayals lead him to take the ultimate decision, to commit suicide but he does not do it as "self-slaughter" is a sin, he is powerless. ...read more.


Claudius uses his manipulative techniques as a weapon to convince/force others to his conclusion. Gertrude: Her existence in the play seems to raise more questions than it answers. The readers do not know if she was involved with Claudius before the death of her husband? Did she love her husband? Did she know about Claudius's plan to commit the murder? Did she love Claudius, or did she marry him simply to keep her high station in Denmark? However this character cannot be seen as a good figure, as she is referred to as, "Frailty, thy name is woman!" (I.ii.146) Language: Generally the language used shows a tragic revenge. ...read more.

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