"I hold my duty as I hold my soul both to my God and to my gracious king". In what ways does Hamlet challenge this statement then? In what ways does Shakespeare challenge this statement now?
"I hold my duty as I hold my soul both to my God and to my gracious king". In what ways does Hamlet challenge this statement then? In what ways does Shakespeare challenge this statement now? It is clear that Polonius' words in Act 2 Scene 2 epitomize an impression of order and certainty. Shakespeare challenges this statement by using both action and the characters, particularly Hamlet himself. Hamlet's individuality sets him aside from all the other characters as the hero of the play. This is revealed at the beginning of the play when, against the advice of his best friend Horatio, he follows the ghost into the unknown. "Horatio: Be rul'd; you shall not go" This comment from Horatio fully illustrates his whole character; he is a classical thinker and does not believe in encountering anything that would exceed the realms of his experience. When his experience goes against what he "knows" he exclaims; "Horatio: Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason And draw you into madness?" Horatio is Hamlet's best friend and intends to be at the princes side until death do them part. When this unfortunately transpires much more prematurely than he had thought he wishes to drink the rest of the poison from the cup and die with Hamlet. "Horatio: I am more an antique Roman than a Dane. Here's yet some liquor left." On Hamlet's deathbed, he charges Horatio, "To tell my
"Hamlet is ultimately selfish by taking revenge in his own time as he causes much unnecessary death" By referring to at least 2 sequences from the play explain whether you agree with it or not.
"Hamlet is ultimately selfish by taking revenge in his own time as he causes much unnecessary death" By referring to at least 2 sequences from the play explain whether you agree with it or not. Hamlet's procrastination can be seen as his downfall, and to a further extent it can be seen as selfish as it resulted in loss of life. I however strongly disagree with this accusation, as I personally feel that Hamlets procrastination is what makes him what he is and separates him from the standard Revenge Hero an Elizabethan audience would expect. It is through he postponing of events that Hamlet manages to "Know thy self" such to the degree that he can put his conscious at rest. By comparing Hamlet at the beginning to at the end one can see the change in character Hamlet has undergone, this change would not have been possible had he not take time out to console in himself. By examining to sequences this contrast can be clearly see, first one can see the scene after Hamlet's first confrontation with the ghost. Here Hamlet adopts a most different approach from the average Revenge Hero, to begin with Hamlet distrusts the ghost seeing him as a "goblin". A typical Revenge Hero would have not questioned the ghost and have gone half-wittedly to commit the revenge. Hamlet however is very unsure, and this can be seen through his speech, he uses short uncertain phrases "O all you
How successful is Hamlet as a play about revenge? Consider both the modern and Elizabethan audience.
How successful is Hamlet as a play about revenge? Consider both the modern and Elizabethan audience. Hamlet as a play about revenge is very successful in the way that it raises many questions about the morality of revenge. Despite the modern day and Elizabethan society having various different beliefs, both types of audience are able to empathise with many of Hamlet's problems. Helen Gardner says, "The Elizabethans thought murder unethical and private revenge sinful." 1 The Elizabethan society was strongly Christian. In their society, God was in highest position, followed by the Monarch, then the other Elizabethan people. This was known as the "Chain of Being". Gardener's statement would certainly be true according to Christian teachings. They believed that a King had been appointed by God, and was therefore the person on Earth closest to God. Any murder is a sin, but murdering a King is a sin of the worst kind and complete blasphemy. This is how many would have viewed Hamlet's revenge. The fact Claudius is King affects opinions concerning him considerably. Claudius himself believes that "There's such divinity doth hedge a king/That treason can but peep to what it would,/Acts little of his will." Ultimately, the fact that Claudius is King will not protect him as he thinks it will. The Elizabethan audience would have shared Claudius's view as they believed in
Why is 'Hamlet' seen as such a unique play even though it is part of the English revenge tradition in drama?
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Hamlet eventually kills Polonius in Act 3 Scene 4. He believes hes killed the king but is mistaken.
HAMLET SOLILOQUY The tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a novel written by Shakespeare. It was written between 1599 and 1601.. The play was set in Denmark, and describes how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who murdered his father, and then goes on to marry the Queen, Hamlets mother, much to the surprise of Prince Hamlet. This marriage confuses Hamlet, who cannot believe what he has witnessed, and makes his mind unstable. Hamlet later has a dream, in which his father appears. In this dream, his father tells him of the way his murder was plotted by his uncle Claudius, so he could become King. His father also tells him, his mum was involved in the plan and murder. His father demands revenge. He demands Hamlet to gain revenge on his father's murder, by killing his uncle. He, however, warns him not to harm his mother. Hamlet is bewildered by this, due to the fact his mother was part of the plot to murder his father. Hamlet's attitude changes dramatically. He is less talkative, and more inquisitive. His behaviour towards Ophelia also changes. He doesn't talk to her, and acts strangely towards her. Her father, Polonius, believes this is due to his love for her. Little does he know he is trying to focus on his father's demand, and get Ophelia away from him. All doubts of Hamlet's strange behaviour are cast to one side, when Polonius informs
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Essay One - Question 1 Personal response to Hamlet and its enduring power of Shakespeare's Characterization Shakespeare's characterization of the characters allows the exploration of ideals that are relevant to all human beings regards of context. In "Hamlet" Shakespeare uses the characterization of Hamlet to examine the human quest for answers about death, duty and the opposing forces of moral integrity and the need to avenge his father. This essay will bring characterization to the forefront in response to how it has shaped the play of "Hamlet". A great deal of characterization of Hamlet is presented through the use of soliloquies. In his soliloquies, Hamlet shows his true feelings of dejection and disillusionment. The soliloquy starts with a supposition, "O that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew". Hamlet is clearly seen as an escapist as he wants to run away from his duties and responsibilities. Here, he again gives the audience the impression that he is aware of his flaw. His wish to commit suicide is expressed clearly, but he knows he can't do so as it goes against the laws of God. "That the Everlasting had not fixed his cannon 'gainst self-slaughter." Life has become a very futile exercise for him, where nothing seems to be holding his interest anymore. It has becomes very colorless and meaningless. We notice all this when he
How does Hamlet's character develop during the play?
How does Hamlet's character develop during the play? The character of Hamlet develops in many complex ways throughout the play. Shakespeare develops the character incorporating all the major elements of what has now become to be known as a "revenge play". The main conventions and strict formula of a "revenge play" are all observed in Hamlet. Just as in Hamlet, all the "revenge plays" contain the appearance of a ghost who cries for revenge. The hero must disguise himself in order to obtain the information he needs to justify his acts of revenge. Sometimes the hero employs physical disguise; at other times he feigns madness which threatens to become real. Also, a female character goes mad from excessive grief. The main villain is a scheming politician who has murdered for both lust and power. The hero is forced by some circumstance to delay the consummation of his plot. Finally the act of revenge demands the death of the revenger as well. Hamlet as a character goes through many changes during the play; states of madness, anguish, sorrow and desire for vengeance. In parts of the play he is not able to cope with the stresses and strains that his elusive form of revenge is thrusting upon him. At the beginning of the play, when we first meet Hamlet, we see the first aspect of his character. He is suffering inconsolable grief over the death of his father. We also see that
Discuss The Effect Of Culture Or Tradition On The Theme Of 'Revenge' In 'The Schoolteachers Guest' And 'Vendetta'.
Charlotte Bright 10CB Discuss The Effect Of Culture Or Tradition On The Theme Of 'Revenge' In 'The Schoolteachers Guest' And 'Vendetta'. Culture and traditions affect us all in different ways. Culture, from the Latin word colere, is a way of living and are the norms, values and customs of a country. Examples of this are Arab countries. Somewhere like Iran or Saudi Arabia things are very strict. Women are not allowed to drive and every woman must wear a head to foot abaya and Muslim police patrol streets. Visitors to the country must obey the rules and women visitors must wear an abaya at all times when outside also. In class we have been studying two short stories. The first is called 'Vendetta' written by Guy de Maupassant. Maupassant was born at the Château de Miromesnil, near Dieppe. Until he was thirteen years old Guy lived with his mother at Étretat, in the Villa des Verguies, where between the sea and the luxuriant country, he grew very fond of nature and outdoor sports; he went fishing with the fishermen off the coast and spoke patois with the peasants. He was deeply devoted to his mother. He became a writer of short stories and novels. His short stories are characterised by their economy of style and the efficient way in which the various threads within them are neatly resolved. Some of his stories would now be considered to be horror fiction. A vendetta used to
The daring and brave Hamlet
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How does Shakespeare present Hamlet in Act III scene ii and iii? Include ideas for how you would direct the scene to reveal Hamlets character, his state of mind and the scenes dramatic impact.
How does Shakespeare present Hamlet in Act III scene ii and iii? Include ideas for how you would direct the scene to reveal Hamlets character, his state of mind and the scenes dramatic impact. My main reaction to Hamlet in these scenes is that he has a very changeable character. He treats different people in different ways, depending on whether he thinks they are plotting against him or not. But also his moods change from one extreme to the other, especially with Ophelia. In one extreme he will be declaring love for her and the next he will be saying that he never loved her. This is possibly to play up to his madness. This gives the effect that Hamlet is not a very good mannered person, which we know he isn't because as the audience we know he's plotting to kill the king. But the characters in the play don't know that, they think he is genuinely mad. He treats Horatio with some respect throughout the play and this can be seen in these two scenes. He has no respect for the king, which is understandable, as he was his fathers' murderer. Hamlet is a very emotional play as Laertes and Hamlet are all looking to avenge the deaths of their fathers. They all want revenge for a slaughtered father. The beginning of Act III scene ii presents Hamlet as a planner. He plans the play carefully and this is shown by his instructions to the players, he wants the play to have the right