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Explore some of the ways in which Shakespeare creates a sense of disorder in Hamlet

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Omar Bates Explore some of the ways in which Shakespeare creates a sense of disorder in ?Hamlet? Hamlet was written during the seventeenth century during which Britain was going through a time of social anxiety there was no certain heir to throne as Elizabeth was nearing her end of her reign. This uncertainty is mirrored in the play through the death of the king of Denmark and so highlights a key subject in Elizabethan lives during which this play was being performed. Shakespeare uses this to create a fear of the unknown and effectively establishes disorder. A sense of disorder is created right from the start to keep the audience in anticipation of an imminent discovery, as Shakespeare sets the scene as a chilly, misty night outside Elsinore castle. ?Bernardo: Who?s there? Francisco: Nay answer me. Stand and unfold yourself.? The audience is made aware that both guards are unable to see each other creating a sense of disorder and uncertainty as an attack could be imminent, but they wouldn't be prepared due to the lack of light on the set. Shakespeare foreshadows signs of chaotic events to create anticipation and build an atmosphere of uncertainty and disorder until finally a climax of tragedy and disaster is reached. Shakespeare using foreshadowing early in his writing to create a sense of disorder is apparent in Romeo and Juliet, as from the beginning the audience acknowledges signs of the character?s fate ending in tragedy. ...read more.

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Shakespeare uses the oxy morons to make the audience certain that the new king is bound to lead Denmark into a series of tragic events. Hamlet?s first soliloquy speaks of wishing to die to end his pain and grief. ?Oh, that this is too solid flesh, would melt, thaw, and resolve into a dew...? Suicide seems like a desirable alternative to life in his soliloquy but Hamlet feels that the option of suicide isn?t for him to commit as it is forbidden by his religion. This causes further more disorder and ultimately adds to the foreshadowing of tragic events that are to follow, as the Elizabethan audience is provoked into thinking of ways that Hamlet could relieve and perhaps quench his revenge and rid himself of this mournful depressive state. Also this soliloquay creates a sense disorder by showing the audience Hamlet?s unstable emotional state. Hamlet then goes on to describe the causes of his pain, specifically his increasing disgust at his mother?s marriage to Claudius. In act one scene Five Hamlet becomes terrified of the site of the ghost and the implications it brings to his already depressed and unstable state of mind causing disorder, tension and foreshadowing a grim fait. ?Ghost: So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear.? The ghost?s encouragement for revenge is very effective in creating a sense of disorder as it means that others will ultimately suffer for Hamlet?s quest to fulfill his father?s commands means that tragedy is imminent. ...read more.

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It is acknowledged by the audience that killing himself isn?t an option. This means the Elizabethan audience is left to assume that another outlet of extreme emotion is needed to relive Hamlet of his current depressive state thus creating a sense of impending tragedy and chaos, as they are constantly awaiting the inevitable climax that is Hamlet?s fate, which is foreshadowed as one that may cost the lives around him. In parts of his soliloquy, accepting his parent?s relationship brings deep feelings of disgust and anger. Shakespeare?s choice of language used is pessimistic and the structure to which his speech is said reinforces the impression that he is experiencing a very overwhelming amount of grief. Hamlet poses the problem of whether to commit suicide and asks himself the question, ?To be, or not to be,? that is, to live or not to live. He then weighs the moral side of living and dying. Is it nobler to suffer life, ?the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,? passively or to actively seek to end one?s suffering? He compares death to sleep and thinks of his death and the pain and uncertainty it might bring to others around him. Shakespeare creates disorder very effectively through various scenes in the play creating tension and a sense of disorder. The tragic events created throughout and the unexpected outcomes make the plot entertaining. Shakespeare?s methods of creating a sense of tragedy are consistent and successful in creating disorder, which is very entertaining for an audience to witness. ...read more.

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