In his first soliloquy through the metaphor “flesh would melt… resolve itself into a dew,” (Act 1 scene 2) Shakespeare establishes the tone a... ... middle of paper ... ...amlet and Fortinbras. Shakespeare highlights that if one stands by their moral values they will prevail. Hamlet was a devoted man that had to seek revenge for his father’s murder in order for him to triumph the cause of his father suspicious death. Through this hamlet was faced with many ordeals whereby his loyalty was tested in order for him to seek revenge. Texts that explore universal themes continue to captivate audiences through the introspective inspection of the human condition.
In these three lines Shakespeare is able to refer to the soles of Mercutio’s shoes and Romeos soul; by using verbal irony. By using this pun, Shakespeare is able to add emphasis to how sad Romeo is. So much that, the reader understands how Romeo is feeling, and with this understanding the reader is able to enjoy the book more. Next, when Tybalt fatally wounds Mercutio, Mercutio says before he dies, “Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man” (III, i,98-99). Mercutio is clearly punning on the word “grave”.
Language Techniques in Hamlet by William Shakespeare Shakespeare used a variety of language techniques throughout Hamlet, which contribute to the themes in the play. They also help to add more meaning and understanding for the audience. Soliloquies, word play, symbols and other figurative language are some of these important techniques that enhance Hamlet. The way Shakespeare switches from bank verse to prose with each character shows his mastery of the language. Imagery of poison, decay and disease are used by Shakespeare to represent the themes of illness, corruption and rottenness.
The characters contrast in the way they react to their father’s deaths. Hamlet in his delay of action he says “That I, the son of a dear father murdered, / Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell, / Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with... ... middle of paper ... ...s to juxtapose their differences and by doing so highlighting the merits, of all viewpoints and laying them out for the reader to absorb and adapt to themselves. The themes during the course of the text are inspirational as they help us question humanity and actions that are believed to be mundane and they lead one to reexamine their lives. The rich allusions throughout the play entertain the reader and draw in additional material effectively deepening the text and adding layers. Hamlet should be studied for the reason that it betters the reader as a person.
Bitter Imagery in Hamlet In Hamlet, imagery of disease, poison and decay, are used by Shakespeare for a purpose. The descriptions of disease, poison, and decay help us understand the bitter relationships that exist in the play and Hamlet’s own cynicism. We see Hamlet’s pessimism in his soliloquy when he contemplates suicide. The resentful relationship that exists between Claudius and Hamlet is heightened with the use of imagery when Claudius asks about Polonius. Imagery enhances Claudius’ abhorrence of Hamlet.
Furthermore, his father's spirit giving Hamlet the burden of vengeance did no justice; instead, it resulted in more emotional disturbance and problems. Overall, at the end of the play, modern readers see Hamlet as a sympathetic character because throughout the play we can observe his character and emotional development as he progresses from a melancholic and contemplative coward to an impulsive protagonist accepting death.
Revenge in Hamlet In Elizabethan times, a type of play known as a "revenge tragedy" became popular. These plays revolved around, "... the revenge of a father for a son or vice versa, the revenge being directed by the ghost of the murdered man..." (Harmon and Holman #6). Other characteristics include real or pretend insanity, philosophic soliloquies, hesitation on the part of the protagonist, conspiracy, and the use of horror. William Shakespeare's Hamlet fully satisfies each of these traits, making it an excellent example of a revenge tragedy. Certainly, the most critical theme in the play by far is that of revenge; it fuels the plot and story of Hamlet, reveals the hamartia of the protagonist, and is used successfully to develop some of the main characters.
He speaks that if Hamlet eternally valued his father, he will "Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder" (1.5.25). The quote that is highlighted here is a simile, this is done by using a comparison involving one thing with an additional one and of a different kind. This quote also highly affects the plot. We can see that Shakespeare uses revenge to demonstrate the purpose behind each character. This will show the situations that have caused a sense of obligation a person owes and the duty in which Hamlet must listen to his
The spirit that I have seen May be the devil, and the devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape; yea, and perhaps Out of my weakness and my melancholy, As he is very potent with such spirits, Abuses me to damn me. I'll have grounds More relative than this: the play's the thing Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.” (2.2.530-341) In saying this, Hamlet is admitting to realizing that the ghost may have not been real; therefore, he chooses to use the play as a form of seeing whether Claudius was guilty or not, and if he was, then he’d plan out his revenge. This in turn shows the way in which Hamlet is thinking about the situation and that he chooses to use proper judgement. In conclusion, reading the play Hamlet by Shakespeare does make everyone wonder whether Hamlet is crazy or not. At first glance, I did start believing that Hamlet wasn’t pretending due to his irrational actions, but after taking a closer look and analyzing the play, I realized that Hamlet does indeed prove that he is just putting on an act of insanity as a way of being able to plan out his revenge against Claudius to the full extent.
Had the meaning of existence now became a matter of the soul and conscience, and what was ‘deemed’ acceptable and right. This universal confliction and idea presented through the character of Hamlet, Shakespeare has been able to engage the audience, where questions posed by Hamlet, through soliloquies, transcends to the audience and forces them to reflect on their own beliefs and values, and how they act if they were him. Hamlet is engulfed with revenge to kill Claudius, after the Ghost informs him that it was Claudius who killed him. However, despite this, Hamlet delays and is unable to perform any act of revenge, due to his conflicted feelings. It is in the soliloquy ‘O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!’ where Hamlet finally decides to act, “Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell”.