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Hamlet Act 3 Scene 4.

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Introduction

English course work - Hamlet Act 3 Scene 4 The scene begins with Hamlet instructing the players how to act out the scene that Hamlet has altered to look similar to the death of his father, the scene then goes on to Hamlet telling Horatio to observe his uncle Claudius whilst the play is being acted out so they may then determine whether the ghost seen by Hamlet is lying or telling the truth. Once the play is about to start Hamlet initiates his act of derangement whilst he is before Claudius and Gertrude he also acts vulgarly around Ophelia. The actors of the play enter and Hamlet expresses his animosity for his mother due to her hurried remarriage, also his cynicism is taken out on Ophelia. The players act and when the scene close to his father's death comes Claudius shows his guilt by rising in fear and suspicion of Hamlet's wisdom. Horatio also believes in Claudius' guilt. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern both now try to make Hamlet go to his mother by endeavouring to cause him concern for his mother's well being, Polonius then enters and is mocked by Hamlet, they all leave he states his intentions for his mother and then the scene ends. This scene also reveals that Hamlet is a man of learning and is already very intelligent, we see this in the fact of Hamlet instructing the players how to perform the play. ...read more.

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Horatio is the only one in this scene who is constantly talked to in an understandable manner, Hamlet obviously trusts Horatio implicitly by giving him the job of observing Claudius in order to offer an opinion of how guilty he thinks Claudius is. Also by confiding in him with his feelings of hate against Claudius and his disdain for his mother due to her hasty remarriage. This scene is showing a change of tone of the entire play from unawareness and of Hamlet not knowing what to believe, to enlightenment with Hamlet actually having proof of Claudius being guilty of murder. I is a dramatic scene because over the scene a lot of tension builds up to the moment when Claudius reveals his guilt because Hamlet is expecting a reaction so he is revealing more emotion than he normally would allow people to see of him. It is also a comic scene because whenever Hamlet talks to some one he seems to be making a mockery of them and toying with them through words. It is formal yet irreverent at the same time so is a great scene in terms of how it can be acted out. If I were asked to stage and direct this scene, I would think the play would be better set in a time closer to Shakespeare's own time because there isn't a good way of converting the play to modern times. ...read more.

Conclusion

We see Horatio's loyalty to Hamlet because most would not do something like this when it could go against the king, yet Horatio does this for Hamlet because he is very good friends with him. We see a continuous stream of different emotions from Hamlet some have been mentioned above but we also see his lust for Ophelia and his condemnation of Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, because before The Murder of Gonzago a reference to Julius Caesar is made and Hamlet twists Polonius' words in a humiliating way. After The Murder of Gonzago Rosencrantz and Guildenstern both try to convince Hamlet of his wrongdoing and how distressed his mother is and how angry Claudius is, he simply mocks them by not giving them a straight answer. This scene is very important because it is a major turning point in the entire play. Hamlet's indecision changes to hate and wanting to avenge his father. Claudius begins to feel the need to get rid of Hamlet and plots his death. Gertrude now tries to calm Hamlet from his anger although to me it seems that she cannot tell either who it is directed to or why it is directed at them. Though she may guess at his reasons for being furious, they may not necessarily be the right reasons. Overall this scene is one of, if not the most important scenes in the play, because of the major changes in attitude, action and emotion that takes place during and as a result of this scene. ...read more.

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