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What impression of Hamlet is created by his speech?

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Hamlet Act 1 Scene 4 What impression of Hamlet is created by his speech? In the beginning of his speech, Hamlet appears to be frightened as he says, "angels and ministers of grace defend us!" (1.iv.42). However, he then gradually becomes at ease and proceeds to ask the ghost many questions. Hamlet seems to be very brave, and speaks with such great authority; with a bold and confident tone. This is evident in the way in which he questions the ghost and is seen in the line "making night hideous and we fools of nature so horridly to shake our disposition..." (1.iv.57-58). Hamlet is extremely courageous as he is able to face the ghost with such confidence and speak to it in such a fearless manner. He also courageously accepts the ghost as his father, and this is seen in the line " I'll call thee Hamlet, King, father, royal Dane." (1.iv.47-48). However, in this particular speech he appears to be rather rational, as he does not assume that the ghost is his rather immediately, for he draws out the possibilities that it could be something disastrous. ...read more.


This is shown in the line " this bodes some strange eruption to our state" (1.i.80). Hamlet seems to have similar thoughts, as he says, " so horridly to shake our disposition with thoughts beyond the reaches of our souls?" (1.iv.58-59). They are also concerned about the form in which the ghost appears in and this is shown when Horatio says " together with that fair and warlike form" ( 1.i.56) and "such was the very armor he had on when the ambitious Norway combated" (1.i.71-72). This implies that the ghost had on the same steel armor that Old Hamlet used while he was in an angry battle with Norway. Therefore, the fact that he appears in this steel armor is not a good sign. Similarly, Hamlet also raises his concerns about this when he says, "what may this mean, that thou, dead corpse, again in complete steel..." (1.iv.54-55). How would you describe Hamlet's state of mind in the rest of the section? What type of character does he appear to be here? In the rest of the section, Hamlet appears to be a rather impulsive character, and seems to be thinking irrationally. ...read more.


This is shown when he says, " I do not set my life in a pin's fee; and for my soul, what can it do to that, being a thing immortal as itself?" (1.iv.71-73). Another external factor could be Hamlet's tragic flaw itself (hamartia), which is his negligence of self worth and refusal to follow the advice of others. Furthermore, Horatio points out some factors that could lead to tragedy when he says " what if it tempt you toward the flood...and draw you into madness?" ( 1.iv.75-80). Comment on Marcellus's remark. How does this relate to earlier issues in the play? Marcellus's remark suggests that disaster is about to come upon Denmark and that something is not quite right. This directly relates to the first scene when the ghost first appears, when Horatio says " this bodes some strange eruption to our state" (1.i.80). Both Marcellus's and Horatio's remark suggests that there is a problem in Denmark and that something foul is about to happen. This also relates to Hamlet's remark, " it is nor it cannot come to good" (1.ii.160) and "I doubt some foul play...foul deeds will rise..." (1..ii.273-274). He is implying that unpleasant things will arise after learning about the appearance of the ghost. ...read more.

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