William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet There were many factors which affected Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet, one of which was the fashion at the time were all about revenge tragedies, the audience absolutely loved to watch violence. Shakespeare knew that, so most of his plays were in that category. When this play was written in 1601, Shakespeare's father died and also one of his generous patron and friend imprisoned due to the failure of a rebellion led by Lord Essex. Shakespeare himself had also taken part in the plot by authorizing a performance of Richard II on the eve of the events. Essex's followers compared Elizabeth I to Richard and the scene concerning the deposing of the King was to trigger that of the Queen. However, the theatre did not suffer any retaliation when the plot was exposed. From this year onward the tone of Shakespeare's plays became sombre, sad and bitter. This probably affected the way in which Hamlet was written. During the first 2 scenes of the play, Hamlet's father has died. Although he doesn't know exactly how he died but he suspected there was a murder as the quote 'My father's spirit - in arms! All is not well. I doubt some foul play.' showed. To make matters worse, Hamlet's uncle, Claudius immediately managed to marry Queen Gertrude (Hamlet's mother), which has made Hamlet even more angry and bitter. This has created the hatred deep inside Hamlet's heart towards King Claudius as the quote ' My father's brother' suggested that Hamlet doesn't even want to mention the name Claudius. These factors created an atmosphere of doom and gloom. However after the ghost appearance, Hamlet's attitudes had completel... ... middle of paper ... ...the audience a look into the events, which the play begins from, and the basic plot of the story. An insight into Hamlet's characteristics and feelings/opinions about the speedy marriage of Gertrude and Claudius were also given. The effectiveness of these scenes can perhaps be seen when the main story of the play has started to move in just two scenes and the audience was already interested when a suspicious murder has happened. I think this play from Shakespeare was very successful because it not only showed revenge and violence but had also shown the essence of a human being through the atmospheres of guilt, hatred and regret presented to the audience. These different atmospheres contributed to the different themes in Hamlet. E.g. Hatred inside Hamlet leads to his madness seen by other characters through his actions.

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