Speech on Hamlet

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Is it the craftsmanship, the ideas or both that produces literature that has the power to endure over time and place?

• Craftsmanship and ideas both equally share the process of taking an established work in a place and having it continue over time as the same piece of literature. • However, it is the ideas that change over time and place, as new ideas are raised and consided • These new ideas of literature are discovered by the audience’s interpretation of the characters through the influences of the composer’s perspectives and language of the play.

• William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an example of how ideas are raised over time, as the literature itself remains the same. • The unraveling plot of Hamlet depicts morality and philosophy as themes that are illustrated through dramatic and romanticized techniques. • Shakespeare’s literary ideas have continued over time prominently, and new ideas have been raised through audiences’ perspectives, with Hamlet as a figure of this.

• The characters in Hamlet, explore the notion of these two areas, and accept the responsibility for what they have done with the knowing thought of their consequences being inevitable. • It raises new ideas about morality in the play over time, and provides us a deeper insight into Hamlet’s internal struggle, questioning to what extent his conscience needed and how it relates to moral sensitivity and the ability to act quickly, without complacency. • This illuminates the concerns with characters and their complacency leading to revenge and death as a consequence of ideas.

• "If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all". • Shakespeare uses quite a confident and knowledgeable tone, which depicts Hamlet's strong belief in fatalism. • Hamlet emphasizes how what events are predetermined, and will happen without his intervention. • This creates further uncertainty in Hamlet's mind,...
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