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

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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

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