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With close reference to language examine how fitting a close Act 5 scene ii forms to the play. Hamlet by William Shakespeare was written between 1600 and 1601 A.D. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's

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With close reference to language examine how fitting a close Act 5 scene ii forms to the play. Hamlet by William Shakespeare was written between 1600 and 1601 A.D. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's greatest works. The play is very connected with theatre as there is a lot of acting, the play-within-the-play and through the theme of appearance and reality, and there is a mention of "The War of the Theatres" in Act 2 scene ii. Act 5 scene ii begins with Hamlet telling Horatio of his voyage to England and the plot that Claudius had set up to have him killed. Hamlet goes on to tell Horatio how he exchanged the letter for one that instructed the King of England to behead the bearers of the letter, that is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Osric the courtier arrives with Claudius's request for Hamlet to take part in a fencing match with Laertes. Hamlet accepts, but before leaving to play in the match he tells Horatio that he doesn't have a good feeling about this match. Hamlet obeying his mothers instructions and first apologises to Laertes for his behaviour towards him at the graveyard {Act 5 scene i}and blames it on his "sore distraction". After Hamlet chooses a foil and Laertes chooses the "envenom'd" foil they begin to play. Hamlet makes the first hit. King Claudius had made a bet that Hamlet would win. ...read more.


The readiness is all." We also see that Hamlet has emotionally matured as in Act 3 scene i, Hamlet says "To be, or not to be," {Act 3, scene i,55-56} and in Act 5 scene ii he says "Let be." {208}. Shakespeare probably put the character of Osric to bring some comic relief into the play especially for the audience as we already know what is in store for Hamlet once he began playing in the match. Osric's arrival gives Hamlet a chance to be wittily sarcastic, this seems to be Hamlets most likeable talent and he seems to enjoy using it especially when in the company of lower class members of the court like Polonius, the grave digger and now Osric. Hamlet says to Horatio of Osric "he-and many more of the same bevy that I know the drossy age dotes on-" this to me sounds like Osric represents the corrupted State of Denmark. The theme of appearance and reality is carried through the play and comes to a close in this scene. We see the true Claudius "villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!" {Act 1 scene v - 1564}; thatHamlet exposes by killing him in front of the whole court. Laertes also puts on an appearance as the fencing math is supposed to be friendly, but in reality Laertes is going to kill Hamlet with a poisoned sword. ...read more.


By Hamlet dying on the throne and putting Denmark in the hands of Fortinbras he has brought an end to all the corruption that she has suffered during Claudius's reign. The dying lines of Queen Gertrude and King Claudius gives us a last view into their character. Queen Gertrude says "O my dear Hamlet! The drink, the drink! I am poison'd." Here she is warning Hamlet about the poisoned drink, it shows her true love and concern for Hamlet her son. I think she unconsciously drank from the poisoned cup, but although she knew that Claudius had poisoned a cup of wine, even while on her death bed she doesn't give him away; this shows her loyalty towards Claudius. "O yet defend me, friends. I am but hurt." This is very characteristic of Claudius, as he always expected someone else to do his work for him. Polonius, Rozencrantz and Guildenstern, the King of England and Laertes have been Claudis's assistants through out the play and have all helped in some way or the other to help kill or get rid of his main opposition Hamlet. The end of the is very fitting especially for the Elizabethans as they worshipped Order in their world especially in the monarchy, as they believed if the head was corrupted then the rest of the State would also get corrupted. By Hamlet restoring order to the State by putting Fortinbras in power he has succeeded in bringing the Elizabethan world back into a place that they were comfortable living in. ...read more.

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