Hamlet Act 5 scene 2

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The most dramatic scene in Hamlet for me was definitely Act 5 scene 2, which is also the last scene in the play. There is a lot that happens in this scene and it ties up all the loose ends at once in a very well written and exciting fashion. Shakespeare brings everything to an end in a way where you can't help but want more. Six out seven of the deaths that occur in Hamlet (if you include Guildenstern and Rosencrantz) happen within less than four hundred lines of each other so it is a very action packed scene as well.

The scene opens with Hamlet confessing his plans to Horatio about how he escapesd death in England and returned and how he has left a letter that will cause the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern but he does not show remorse, as they were more than happy to bring him to his death because the king told him to."They are not near my conscience. Their defeat does by their own insinutation grow" The idea that Hamlet would cunningly switch the letters so that they would die would make this scene exciting enough on its own but this is only the beginning and in comparison to the other things that happen this is nothing. Hamlet does, however, ask if he is justified in killing his uncle considering all the things he has done and tried to do. "Is't not perfect conscience to quit him with this arm?"

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Hamlet causes a scene when he makes Osric (a courtier) remove and replace his hat a couple of times due to confusing him with wordplay. There is also a cause of drama when Osric tells him that the king wishes for Hamlet to fight Laetres in a duel using rapiers and daggers so that they can put an end to Laetres anger and wish for revenge against him. Both Hamlet and Horatio are very suspicious of this and Horatio tells Hamlet to be wary and keep an eye out for any tricks." If your mind dislike anything, obey it." ...

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The candidate does make a point of discussing the tension and drama within the final scene, however they do not mention the various ways in which Shakespeare uses language to add to this affect, for example the use of short sentences, explanation marks and syntax (the use of questions). Without the discussion of appropriate technical terms the candidate cannot achieve higher than a grade C for this piece of work. In addition to this there are a few spelling errors which could have been avoided had the candidate taken the time to throughly proof read thier work.

The candidate has chosen fairly suitable quotations from the play to add into their essay however for the most part they use these to simply retell the story. When discussing a play you should use quotations to back up your ideas and thoughts, you should be discussing the characters, what are they going through? What are thinking/feeling? How does the quotation you have picked show this? This helps to demonstrate your understanding of the play. Furthermore the candidate has not written a conclusion. You should alway conclude your essay, as this is your opportunity to leave the reader with a good impression of your work. Therefore you should summarise your key points and ideas, you should make sure that your answer your initial question if given one and you should try to give a personal response, your teacher/examiner is interested in what you have to say.

Though it it clear from the candidates introduction that they plan to discuss Act 5 scene 2, this piece of writing has no title, which is a little confusing, you should alway give a title to your work and you should clearly state in your introduction what you plan to discuss, this makes the premise of your essay clear to the reader. Furthermore, without a title is unclear weather or not the candidate has provided enough detail to give an explicit response.