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How does Shakespeare present Hamlet in Act III scene ii and iii? Include ideas for how you would direct the scene to reveal Hamlets character, his state of mind and the scenes dramatic impact.

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How does Shakespeare present Hamlet in Act III scene ii and iii? Include ideas for how you would direct the scene to reveal Hamlets character, his state of mind and the scenes dramatic impact. My main reaction to Hamlet in these scenes is that he has a very changeable character. He treats different people in different ways, depending on whether he thinks they are plotting against him or not. But also his moods change from one extreme to the other, especially with Ophelia. In one extreme he will be declaring love for her and the next he will be saying that he never loved her. This is possibly to play up to his madness. This gives the effect that Hamlet is not a very good mannered person, which we know he isn't because as the audience we know he's plotting to kill the king. But the characters in the play don't know that, they think he is genuinely mad. ...read more.


Didst perceive?' This shows that Hamlet is pleased with the play and the play has served its purpose and proved the reliability of the ghost. This part of the play shows Hamlet as excitable, by using rhyming it makes him sound out of breath and speeds up his speech, it also shows his careful planning to detail in the play paid off. The will also have had an affect on the audience, when the king gets up they will not know why, they will be wondering what the dramatic exit of the king means, it may also change their opinion of the king, they may realize he is an angry mysterious character. Hamlet talks at the end of scene ii to himself, this brings out the evil side of Hamlet, it suggests that he is capable of evil. Shakespeare uses supernatural imagery to suggest Hamlets' evil side; When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood, and do such bitter business, as the day would quake to look on. ...read more.


This affects our response to Hamlet by making him seem cowardly and not the brave planner who organised the play. These scenes present Hamlet as quite clever and thoughtful and he doesn't like to rush into things, this presents him in the play as been quite old, but I think he is actually supposed to be quite young as the life span in Shakespeare's time was a lot shorter than it is now. If I was to choose the age for Hamlet I would present him as a young adult around 18 because some of the scenes in this play present him as been quite young but he is also quite mature. The main reaction to Hamlet throughout the whole play is his changeability as a character , you can see who he likes or respects by the way he treats them. He is suspicious of people and thinks people are plotting against him. I think the play shows Hamlet as quite a lonely person because he has lost his father, we don't know if he loves Ophelia or not and he does not appear to trust anyone except Horatio. ...read more.

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