AP Literature and Composition
Critical Climactic Culminations (of Hamlet)
Hamlet's readers and critics have continuously pondered and incessantly debated the what the actual climax of the play could be. The many points in which Hamlet's internal battle to ascertain himself into a position of determination in avenging his father's death befuddle Shakespeare’s audience. There are numerous points which could be asserted as the true climax, but which can be considered ultimately veritable? “That is the question.” We must ask ourselves this when assessing the claimed climax's authenticity. Websters dictionary defines a climax as (1) the turning point at which the conflict begins to resolve itself for better or worse, or as (2) the final and most exciting event in a series of events. The interpretation of climax's meaning plays a tremendous role in identifying the turning point. It doesn't take much reasoning to cogitate the fact that more that one assertion for a climax can be presented if more than one interpretation of what that even means is amidst the minds of the assertor. There are various possibilities for what can be understood as the climax in Hamlet, the internal play that Hamlet dispositions, Hamlet's hesitancy at within his first opportunity to kill Claudius, and when Hamlet mistakenly murders Polonius in place of the king. One of the possible climaxes is definitely the play that Hamlet plans in order to see if any visible guilt is retracted from the king upon seeing it. In this scene Hamlet confirms to himself that King Claudius is guilty of his father, King Hamlet's, murder. Because the play causes Claudius to have to leave upon seeing one of the actors kill his own brother in search of power, it becomes exceedingly evident that he did the same in actuality and cannot bare being reminded of the sin. The significance of the scene essentially lies within Hamlet's confirmation of Claudius's depravity. It is...