Module B: Critical Study of Texts Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Tragedy Pages: 39 (1208 words) Published: August 24, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

  Module
 B:
 Critical
 Study
 of
 Texts
  Shakespeare’s
 Hamlet
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  Theme
 

  Quotation
 
 
 “O
 villain,
 villain,
 smiling,
 damned
  • villain.”
  “That
 one
 may
 smile,
 and
 smile,
 and
 be
 a
  • villain.”
  “Seems,
 Madam?
 …
 I
 know
 not
 seems”
  • “God
 hath
 given
 you
 one
 face,
 and
 you
  make
 yourselves
 another”
 
 

  Context
  Political
 and
 religious
 upheaval
  “inquisition”
 
  Elizabethan
 society
 was
 censored,
  cautious,
 private
 (spies,
 informants
  and
 espionage)
  Political
 and
 religious
 upheaval
  generating
 an
 air
 of
 suspicion
 and
  speculation
 
 

Deception
 /
 Appearance
 &
 Reality
  •
  • Duplicity
 of
 characters
 translates
 into
  • their
 scheming
 and
 manipulative
 actions
  • Underlying
 motives
 and
 intentions
 are
  • often
 revealed
 through
 their
 schemes
  • • Integrity
 of
 characters
 with
 highly
  formidable
 statuses
 i.e.
 King
 Claudius
 are
 
  compromised
 à
 he
 is
 the
 corrupt
 heart
  of
 the
 state
 of
 affairs
  o Coldly
 calculating
 and
 cruel
  o Self-­‐justifying
 
 
  Revenge
  •
  • Political
 /
 Personal:
 Hamlet
 avenges
 the
  • death
 of
 his
 father,
 the
 late
 king
 
  • Personal:
 Laertes
 quest
 of
 justice,
  blaming
 Hamlet
 on
 the
 death
 of
 his
 father
  and
 beloved
 sister
  • Hamlet
 begins
 a
 self-­‐destructive
 process
 
  of
 retribution
 and
 revenge
  • Divine
 punishment
 to
 those
 who
 offend
  against
 moral
 law
  • Subplot
 revenge
 à
 Fortinbra’s
 quest
 to
  seize
 territories
 from
 Old
 Hamlet
 
  •
  Ambition
 &
 Loyalty
  •
  • •

“Adieu,
 adieu.
 Remember
 me.
 I
 have
  • Ghost
 referring
 to
 Wheel
 of
 Fortune
  sworn
 ’t
 it.”
  à
 allusion
 to
 fate
  o Hamlet
 destined
 to
 fulfill
 the
 fate
  “Yea,
 from
 the
 table
 of
 my
 memory,
 I’ll
  of
 a
 tragic
 hero
  wipe
 away
 trivial
 fond
 records
 …
 and
 thy
  commandment
 all
 alone
 shall
 live
 within
  • Chaos,
 a
 direct
 repercussion
 of
 the
  the
 book
 and
 volume
 of
 my
 brain,
  Chain
 of
 Being
 is
 disrupted.
  unmixed
 with
 baser
 matter”
  o Only
 God
 has
 the
 will
 to
 induce
  death
 
  o The
 murder
 of
 a
 monarchy
  consequently
 propels
 society
 into
  a
 state
 of
 turmoil
 
 

  “I
 have
 sworn
 ’t
 it.”
  “O
 all
 you
 host
 of
 heaven!
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