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HAMLET COURSEWORK Shakespeare's hamlet is a complex play based on the royal family of Denmark. The king Hamlet dies and his wife

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HAMLET COURSEWORK Shakespeare's hamlet is a complex play based on the royal family of Denmark. The king Hamlet dies and his wife Gertrude marries his brother Claudius Prince hamlet is not happy with the wedding and his thoughts are later confirmed when the ghost of his father tells him that he was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet then starts to take revenge which eventually leaves everyone dead. In this essay I will be discussing act 1 scenes 4 and 5 in which the ghost appears, I will be looking at the events within the play that could be held responsible for the onset of hamlets madness or indeed his death. I will consider both sides of the argument and acknowledge wether the appearance of the ghost was the catalyst of hamlets eventual demise. Act 1 scenes 4 starts of with horatio Marcellus and hamlet waiting impatiently for the ghost which Marcellus and horatio have seen "it then draws near the season wherein the spirit held his wont to walk" this also prove that the ghost is not just hamlets mind in a state of madness as the men witness the ghost before even notifying Hamlet. ...read more.


The Protestant line is that if you lead a good life and have great faith in Christ's ultimate sacrifice, a place in heaven is assured. Catholics though believe that immediately after death there is a period of purification, in Purgatory, before the deceased enters heaven. The opposing views are represented in the play by the Ghost, who comes from Purgatory and must have come back to make right the story of how he died in other words the ghost had unfinished business before he could go to heaven. The Ghost then taunts Hamlet, telling him that it is part of every man's honour to avenge his death. Hamlet then becomes a part of Denmark's foulness and wretchedness when he agrees to avenge his father's death. This is the beginning of a vicious cycle of hatred, death and revenge that destroys many lives. The ghost then departs leaving hamlet trapped in a dilemma of moral conflict and duty towards the promise he makes to his fathers ghost. Horatio and Marcellus come rushing in on the line my lord my lord! ...read more.


"To be, or not to be; that is the question" Hamlet's misery, or state of depression, was more easily perceived by an Elizabethan audience than would be by a modern one. Shakespeare's use of language generated the drama and tension in hamlet, the lack of special effects which were not available in Shakespeare times were accomplished by his use of language and the effect of writing throughout the play in form of poetry was very efficient. The meanings ideas and hamlets soliloquies were all used by Shakespeare to show hamlets isolation and despair. Shakespeare's literary techniques and devices had a great impact on the audience; however compared to now the audience would expect more such as extraordinary devices and distinctive elements. His use of dramatic and emotional vocabulary in Hamlet virtually all the way through arouses the audience's attention and creates an exciting atmosphere. The phrase to be or not to be demonstrates Shakespeare's intentions of building up an anxious and tense mood for the audience as they feel highly sympathetic towards the character. Shakespeare later uses the character of Laertes. Who is clearly a remorseless and bitter man in search for revenge for his late father's death to build up the idea of hamlet as a victim once more. ...read more.

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