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With reference to the play's context explore the techniques used by Shakespeare to establish the mood and plot of Hamlet in scene one.

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With reference to the play's context explore the techniques used by Shakespeare to establish the mood and plot of Hamlet in scene one. In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare uses many techniques to establish the mood and plot of the play in scene one. In the early sixteen hundreds when the play was written, all performances of plays had to be in the daylight and theatres such as the Globe were roofless. This proved very difficult for Shakespeare as he had many scenes, such as scene one of Hamlet, set in the night and really had to convince the noisy crowds that even though there was sun streaming through the roof, it was actually night time. The techniques Shakespeare used to engage his audiences attention during the night scenes included things like costume, props and dialogue. ...read more.

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"Friends to this ground..."and "Legimen to the Dane." This episode shows Horatio identifying himself to Francisco as a "friend to the ground" or basically, a servant to the castle and then Marcellus agreeing with Horatio by expressing their respect for the monarch. The character's attitude towards the ghost was mainly due to the way ghosts were regarded by Elizabethans. They were believed by most to be bad omens or the devil in disguise. So, the character's panicking reactions were quite understandable. At the beginning of the scene Horatio refers to the ghost as "thing" and "it". This vague terminology shows Horatio's ambiguous response to what they had previously seen and that he believes it not to be human and definitely not to be the King! "...Our last king, whose image even but now appear'd to us..." At the end of the scene when the cock crows and night changes to day, the general mood of the characters is more ...read more.

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This anticipates future plot developments for all the audience and such praise and loyalty for the monarchy would have pleased James 1st. The use of long and complex sentences gives the audience a very good insight into the plot, for example, when Horatio mentions Fortinbras whose father was defeated in battle and who wants to avenge his father's defeat, and why the characters don't know the reason for them being on their best guard every night. "Good now, sit down, and tell me, he that knows, why this same strict and most observant watch so nightly toils the subject of the land..." The ghost also helps to reveal the plot as it gets the characters thinking about the war and how Hamlet will react to them seeing his dead father. Over all, I believe that Shakespeare was successful in using techniques like iambic pentameter, complex sentences and use of setting the first scene in the dark to establish mood and plot of the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? By Robert Mandefield ...read more.

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