Deconstructing Hamlet a Novel by William Shakespeare

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Chosen Question: One of the key themes in Hamlet is suicide with two major characters giving audiences the opportunity to reflect on its implications to society. Hamlet reflects upon suicide in his famous soliloquies while Ophelia actually commits suicide. Using research from scholarly articles and books to support your argument, discuss Shakespeare’s treatment of the theme of suicide. Introduction: Themes have large implications for a play's outcome, a play in particular that this essay will be focusing on is William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The context written and the relevance in regards to a historical viewpoint will be discussed, also following this will be the characters themselves and how they affect the text itself and the plays final outcome. Further discussion on the play and its relevance will be brought forward in regards to today’s society vs. Elizabethan era and how they receive the text, how they handle the social theme of suicide and how it affected them, socially, mentally and physically. The Context Hamlet was written and relevance (historical view point): One major element of a play's outcome is the theme which is brought to the forefront, a successful play and a play in which the likes of William Shakespeare used to write made certain themes pivotal to the final outcome. One theme in particular; suicide pertains to the well-known play Hamlet. This play was seen as well beyond its time due to Shakespeare’s clever use of soliloquys he was able to engage with the audience and gain their empathy; something that had not yet been seen before within the theatre. It was said that ‘no work in the English literary canon has been so closely identified with the beginning of the modern age (Grazia) He remains constantly... ... middle of paper ... ... the following impacts upon other characters and the overall outcome of the play. Works Cited Baker, Susan. "Hamlet's Bloody Thoughts and the Illusion of inwardness." Comparative Drama (1987-1988): 303. Camden, Carroll. "On Ophelia's Madness." Shakespeare Quarterly (1964): 247-255. Dane, Gabrielle. "Reading Ophelia's Madness." Exemplaria (1998): 1-8. Grazia, Margreta De. "Hamlet Before its Time." MLQ: Modern Language Quarterly, Volume 62, Number 4, December (December 2001): 355-360. Petronella, Vincent F. Hamlet's "To Be or Not to Be" Soliloquy: Once More Unto the Breach. University of North Carolina Press, Janurary 1974. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. London: Harper Press, 2011. Simmonds, W.G. Hamlet Conundrums. n.d. 25 04 2014 . Zeil, Michael. "Suicide in pre-industrial England." Social History (2008): 1-16.

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