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...A Critical Analysis of Shakespeare'sHamlet
Hamlet. Is he an insane madman or a revengeful, scheming, genius? There
are many conflicting ideas and theories on this subject, and hopefully this
paper may be of some assistance in clearing up the confusion. The paper is
divided into three separate analytic sections beginning with the beginning of
Hamlet's so called madness, and why it may have occurred. Next, is an analysis
of why Hamlet delays revenging his father's death. To conclude the paper,
Hamlet's incestuous acts towards his mother are discussed, in William
In the first act Hamlet seems to be in a perfectly sane state of mind
throughout all five scenes. It is in the second scene where the audience begins
to see a change in his character. Ophelia meets with Polonius and recalls the
meeting she had previously with Hamlet. She tells her father that Hamlet came
to her disheveled and in a shaken state of mind, speaking of "horrors." (Act 2
Scene 2 line 94). Her father immediately believes that he is "Mad for thy
love?" (Act 2 Scene 2 line 95). Opelia answers a question posed by Polonius by
which she replied that she had told Hamlet that she could not see or communicate
with him any more. Her father makes reference to Hamlet's madness once again by
...In the context of your criticalstudy, to what extent does your response to the closing scenes of Hamlet inform your judgement of this play as a whole? In your response, make detailed reference to Hamlet.
Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Hamlet, (1601), redefined the genre by exploring universal and timeless themes such as honour, deception and love in the context of the political and social change which was occurring during England in the 17th century. Shakespeare uses the revenge tragedy to create conflict between characters that is dramatically involving for the audience and allows for multiple interpretations of the significance of Hamlet avenging his father, his apparent madness and the relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude. The final scenes do not ostensibly clarify these concerns however it is the cryptic nature of Hamlet which makes it such a timeless captivating play.
In the first act, Hamlets encounter with the ghost establishes the struggle between avenging the honour of his murdered father and his own integrity. Hamlet is bound by his promise to “sweep to (his fathers) revenge” but for the majority of the play he is unable to carry out his duty, as “conscience does make cowards of us all” The alliteration of this line emphasises Hamlets inaction, and this is juxtaposed with the immediate...
...What will continue to make Hamlet worthy of Criticalstudy?
Why is Hamlet still relevant to our studies regardless of the centuries that have passed since its production? Is it worthy in continuing to be a criticalstudy?
The reinterpretation that Shakespeare created of Hamlet was based on a number of previous plays including the 12th century Danish Amleth, both these plays are situated around the main theme of being revenge tragedies. The prime aspect of why Hamlet will continue to be relevant as a criticalstudy is due to the themes that the play is centralised around such as existentialism, corruption and illusion vs. reality. These universal themes engage audiences of any society, even four centuries later, creating a timeless classic. The literary devices utilised within the play, such as the iambic pentameter, antithetical language and word play create an engaging atmosphere which captures the imagination of any audience making it worthy of a criticalstudy. The ambiguity, open ended, and unanswered questions that Shakespeare utilises leaves the audience open to interpretation, thus allowing the play to relate to the specific context to which it is being viewed and studied. This makes it worthy of a criticalstudy as a personal response is erected and the...
...Film Studies: Adapting Shakespeare
The commentary in lesson 2 on Hamlet says “the movie attempts to address the “seems” and “is” that troubles hamlet throughout the play” (commentary lesson 2, Hamlet). This is a great way to explain what hamlet is trying to understand in the play, and in the movie. Hamlet questions everyone and everything, which is why he creates the “play” and the “movie”. He is able to get his message across by using actors for the play within the play, and creating different scenes of his choosing in his film. There is also much similarity when it comes to the symbols used in the play itself, as well as the independent film he created The Mouse Trap.
When Hamlet is creating the play by writing the lines and choosing his actors he is able to create it exactly how he wants to, and exactly how he wants his characters to be portrayed. The same goes for when he creates his movie The Mouse Trap. He is able to choose specific scenes that have a deep meaning to him to get the response he wants from Claudius. In an article I read by Abby Henderson she discusses the play Hamlet and how he is teaching his actors how to act in his play, she says “In the play, Hamlet clearly expresses his knowledge of acting and theater as he gives a speech to the travelling players to prepare them for their performance at the castle. He...
...Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context
Elective 1: Exploring connections
Connections between texts open up new meanings of texts. What is your view?
Context changes due to audience, writers and time; though it still has the effect of influencing perspectives and creating/ reshaping meaning. Through the context, us as readers are able to establish an understanding of the time period, the writer and the purpose of the text. Through the exploration of both contexts relationships are established to enrich and illuminate connections on the unchanging nature and universality of certain values, ideas and language forms, also highlighting through implicit or explicit means relationships, writing and societal changes. Connections are made between the text that explore and develop new meanings. Thus considering the nature of connection between ‘Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen’ and ‘Letters to Alice on First Ready Jane Austen- Fay Weldon’ can elucidate one’s understanding and perception.
Between these two texts there are many direct and explicit references that draw superficial connections, both are written by female composers, both deal with family relationships and issues of social standards, both explore the role of letters. However it is the implicit relationships that create deeper connections that hold a greater value effectively opening up and...
...‘Interpretations of texts can shift and change with time and place’
Considering your time and place, reflect on the ways in which context has shaped your critical interpretation of the prescribed texts and how your understanding of rhetorical devices have led to your appreciation of the speeches.
Throughout time society has been presented with very unique and moving leaders who have successfully delivered speeches that will remain timeless and invaluable due to their powerful themes and beliefs portrayed within them. Speeches such as Faith Bandler’s “Hope, Faith and Reconciliation” and Anwar Sadat’s “Statement to the Knesset” will always remain significant within society and will never become dependent on shaping today’s society but be a memory of our past and a reminder of who we are today. Only very few texts still remain today that are highly regarded as being timeless and have the ability to still be understood in today’s society. I believe this is attributed to the underlying significant themes and ideas such as justice that will continue to appeal to people and allow them to sympathise with the author disregarding the time period. The themes behind the everlasting texts give the audience to have a universal perception and interpretation that can differ depending on external factors and ways of life. Another important reason of why I believe these texts have the ability to...
... Vanessa Kidson
In your view, how have narrative techniques been used to reveal memorable ideas in Michael Ondaatje’s novel In The Skin of a Lion?
“The Bridge goes up in a dream.” Ondaatje’s fictionalised re-telling of the historical events circling the construction of the Bloor Street Viaduct reveal themes of Authority & Power, Rebellion & Freedom, and Love & Loss that continues to illuminate throughout his novel In The Skin of a Lion. Ondaatje’s use of 3rd-person omniscient narration, verbal cinema, and leitmotif of light & dark have allowed him to make these themes the most memorable for me personally.
Power & Authority is a resonating theme throughout the entire text for it is continuously present in the lives of every character mentioned. Ondaatje explores different situations of power & authority by introducing new characters. A rather obvious example is the character Rowland Harris – the Commissioner of Public Works. He is a figure of authority and power. Although the bridge was his dream, it is the migrants’ hard labour that gave birth to it. But it is worded clearly that the bridge is his “baby” – not the migrants’ – demonstrating the power his voice has over the immigrants.
In the chapter The Bridge Ondaatje invites us into the lives of the migrant workers. Throughout the entire novel he denies the collective migrants a voice, and by doing so he reveals how those who were in...
...English Essay – Speeches
Question: there are as many different ways of interpreting and valuing texts, as there are readers.
Of the countless speeches recorded throughout time a select few have transcended their original contexts and political battles to retain relevance today. We have viewed their progress over time as their outspoken ideas and reception withstanding relevance within our changing society regardless of altering values. Aung San Suu Kyi, Emma Goldman and Dr. Martin Luther King’s empowering speeches have spanned across decades, united in their aim to draw attention to a lack of freedom, justice and democratic rights and are unique in urging others to support their fight for disadvantaged social groups.
In Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Keynote address at the Beijing World Conference on Women” in China 1995, she speaks with deep conviction regarding the lack of freedom that women suffer. So too does Emma Goldman when in 1917 she delivered “The political criminal of today must needs be the saint of the new age” to a jury consisting entirely of men. The discrimination that these two women discuss exemplifies women across the world, continuously being persecuted for their gender. Suu Kyi did not make use of rhetoric in her speech but instead chose to develop a sense of intimacy and appealed to her audience’s intellect through a close up video recording. Her tone and stoical approach invites her listeners to adopt new perspectives and to include...