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Hamlet - In what way is Act 5 Scene 2 a fitting climax to the play?

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NAME OF CANDIDATE: KAMEL AL-HADDAD TITLE OF ASSIGNMENT: HAMLET PURPOSE OF TASK: TO FIND OUT THE WAYS ACT5 SCENE 2 IS A FITTING CLIMAX TO THE PLAY DATE OF SUBMISSION: 29/NOV/2004 STIMULUS MATERIAL: ENGLISH LITERATURE TEXT BOOK ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: FINAL DRAFT Q. In what way is Act 5 Scene 2 a fitting climax to the play? A. William Shakespeare is a man known greatly worldwide as one of the best and most creative writers and playmakers in history, right down to this very day. He was born on 23rd april1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. A man such as he has dealt with all the different aspects of life and death through his heart catching comedic and tragic plays which aroused with outstanding performances, a man who brings alive the ancient form of poetic English as well as a man greatly recognized and loved by the many readers around the world today, is the ideal writer for the tragic play, King Hamlet. Shakespeare has a variety of tragic plays which includes a number of well known all time classics, namely Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and so on. Hamlet is a piece full of desire and emotions let alone the spookiness of King Hamlet's ghost it is also filled with great suspense and anxiety as well as giving the audience a touch of mystery. Prince Hamlet was a man with great responsibilities he was filled with courage, determination and last but not least, enormous will power. ...read more.

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His experiences at sea have convinced him that we live in a world with a benign god and that he shapes our destinies for us despite our clumsy attempts to do so. Here we see Hamlets maturity once again as his realization of the real world gets to him. Act5 scene2 develops the character of Hamlet which has been given by Shakespeare a different face in Act 5 Scene 1. We see Hamlet as a person who has overcome the moral dilemmas and the conflicts. We see him in Act 5 Scene 2 as a more mature, confident person able to look ahead with security and confidence A great scent of revenge is in the air as Osric who is the King's man tells Hamlet that the King has proposed a fencing match between Laertes and Hamlet, where Hamlet accepts the challenge-"Let the foils be brought......odd hits"/"To this effect sir, after.......nature will". (Hamlet showing his confidence and bravery). Later Hamlet confesses misgiving about the contest to Haratio ("It is but foolery, but it is such a kind of gaingiving as would perhaps trouble a woman") but refuses his offer to postpone the match as while the plans were being made he sensed treachery and therefore expresses faithfully in god, with the words: "Death must come to all of us one day; all that matters is being prepared for it". The villainy of Claudius is forcefully portrayed in Act5 scene2 through his actions of sending the letter and the poisoning of the wine and the foil. ...read more.

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When evil is destroyed a certain amount of good is also sacrificed, this is the truth about life and the last scene of Hamlet once again establishes the truth. Fortinbras being a foreign power is not the best solution to Denmark's future but considering the circumstances it was. Act5 scene2 gives a sense of wholeness to the play as well as provides a confirmation that Hamlet had not been mad. Shakespeare shows different themes throughout the play including that of friendship (line336). In act5 scene 2 Fortinbras sees Hamlet as a hero. "Let four captains / Bear Hamlet like a soldier to the stage, / for he was likely, had he been put on, / to have proved most royally". Indeed, Hamlet does all the criteria of a tragic hero by the time Fortinbras arrives. In the final scene he is a man of action who is killed by circumstances rather than through any direct fault of his own. The debate over whether Hamlet is a hero depends heavily on how much weight is placed on the final act versus the play as a whole. It is difficult to call Hamlet a hero based on his actions during the beginning and middle of the play, where his madness seems to be a form of escape from action rather than a way to defeat Claudius. Shakespeare gave a dramatic ending for the hero thus making it memorable and making it more painful and more sorrowful for the audience. Shakespeare ended the play with a bang and a grand finale. ...read more.

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