• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the effect of the opening scenes of the text (Act one scenes one and two) of Hamlet

Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  • Essay length: 731 words
  • Submitted: 15/12/2002
Share this essay:
University Degree Hamlet

The first 200 words of this essay...

Discuss the effect of the opening scenes of the text (Act one scenes one and two)

The opening scenes of Hamlet tell us a lot about the play. This is done through the use of language, literary devices, pace, structure and historical, social and cultural references. I will be discussing how scenes one and two of act 1 affect the audience and their preconception of the rest of play.

The first scene of many Shakespeare plays sets the scene. In "Romeo and Juliet" there was a monolog that described some of the background story behind the contents of the play, and in Hamlet the first scene sets the audience up for seconds scene, were the story actually starts.

This scene, instead of supplying us with a lot of background information, gives the audience narrative elements that makes us more want to read on. The most oblivious of these is the ghost.

Peace, break thee off. Look where it comes again! ... In the same figure like the King that's dead."

Even without the knowledge of who the ghost represents, the sheer presence of a spectre this early in a play make

Read more
The above preview is unformatted text

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • Over 150,000 essays available
  • Just £6.99 a month

  • "
    A fantastic website, it's also convenient to use, user-friendly, and has excellent customer services.
    "
    Lex Fawste. English, Biology, Physics, Maths, and Chemistry. A Level Student.
  • "
    Your service has given me more confidence in my own work, I can access essays and check for information I may have missed.
    "
    Oliver Baldesare. National Sports Diploma. BTEC Student.

Marked by a teacher

This essay has been marked by one of our great teachers. You can read the full teachers notes when you download the essay.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review on the essay page.

Peer reviewed

This essay has been reviewed by one of our specialist student essay reviewing squad. Read the full review under the essay preview on this page.