The audience feel a great sense of tragedy as the death of the lovers would not have happened if they had an extra few minutes. Shakespeare succeeds to create an impending sense of tragedy and foreboding by using a variety of successful devices. For example, he wrote in different moods within a scene, also he included a very important prologue at the beginning of the play. Furthermore, Shakespeare’s adds to his technique by writing parallels and echoes to portray this important sense of foreboding. All of the contrasting styles which Shakespeare adopts in his writing contribute to the tension building in this outstanding play.
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These would include the notion of “play” itself, the centrality of “play” within the play, the simultaneous power of the ‘play’ and the threat it generates and the thin line of seperation between the ‘play’ within the play & the play and the play & reality. As frustrating and confusing as the above would sound, this particular phase of Hamlet has intrigued and fascinated literary critics, scholars, theatre-goers, drama critics, reviewers and the plebeian alike. Therefore, the aim of t... ... middle of paper ... ...Directions. Ed.
Examination of specific characters and their corresponding role in the theatrical world encourages a deeper understanding of self-reflexivity of The Tempest; which highlights William Shakespeare’s struggle to relinquish his art. The scenes and language used by Shakespeare also help to reveal the play’s self-reflexivity. As the play reflects reality, it also reminds the audience that it is an artistic interpretation and not reality. This dynamic creates an interesting contrast between art and reality; which embodies the play’s significance as Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatrical world. Three of the main characters in this play are Prospero, Ariel and Caliban; these characters can be interpreted to represent significant roles in the theatre which are the roles of playwright, stagehand and actor.
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Additionally, the use of juxtaposition creates one of the most important themes of the play, contrast. Shakespeare uses much juxtaposition to personify his characters. This helps to give the audience a greater understanding of the relationships of the characters both to themselves and to other characters in the play. Ophelia and Hamlet are greatly juxtaposed against each other in Hamlet. Ophelias role in the play is the foil to both Hamlet and to her brother Laetres.
Nevertheless, while analysing Act 1 and 2, it perceives that imagery is used to create appropriate atmosphere and to help the reader comprehend the particular elements that Shakespeare tried to highlight. Furthermore, imagery helps create and break the tension in the play when needed and engages with the reader’s imagination. One could also remark that it also contributes to the description of the characters and brings them to life by supporting their unique characteristics. WORK IN THE THESIS STATEMENT Shakespeare through out his play continually uses imagery of darkness and supernatural. From the beginning the imagery of their surrounding and the use of witches indicates a gloomy and unholy atmosphere.