Literary Terms Hamlet by William Shakespeare:
English US In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare who is one of the most influential writers in history has elaborated the contemporary themes in society into a piece of literature as revealed in the drama.
Due to his universal way of creating themes, he has been able to influence the western literature.
Shakespeare therefore uses the stylistic device of a play within a play to pass his information to the audience as well as helping him develop his plot.
Shakespeare has in this case therefore used the main actor Hamlet in portraying this device. Hamlet who is a character in the play is again seen in another play within the play, which he acts in order to be in a position to kill Claudius.
Hamlet is a play that depicts a vivid drama of melancholy and insanity as well as famous of its ghostliness. In this play, Shakespeare has used various elements of literature to develop the plot of the play.
In this case, the writer has used characters, settings, symbols, themes, characterization and other elements of literature in the development of the plot.
The writer has used these elements correlatively to achieve his plot. Themes are used to develop characters in the play.
For instance, the writer has used the theme of betrayal to develop the main character Hamlet in the play hence the development of the plot. The writer used the name of the play as the name of the main actor while other characters in the play helped in development of the predominant theme in the main character.
Therefore, four main characters have greatly contributed by playing major roles. Hamlet experienced character development through the betrayals of Ophelia with whom he is romantically involved.
This culminated the distrust in women since his mother was the most important female in his life. Such phrases illustrated how disgusted and disappointed he was towards his mother and women as well as depicting how isolated he was as a young man.
The theme of madness has also played major role in the development of the plot. Insanity was used in many revenge tragedies like in the first revenge tragedy of Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus.
Unlike in the case of Hamlet where the madness is ambiguous, other revenge tragedies in the character have been unambiguous. Hamlet therefore acts like a mad person in the play since he is aware in a bizarre manner that he should act as a mad man to accomplish the role of revenge in Hamlet.
He knows the role that he is supposed to play even though to some extent he does not attain it satisfactorily. This in return built Hamlet as a character who wants to revenge. Ophelia is another character who plays the part of a mad person but in her case, she is innocently mad.
Ophelia loses her senses of self-knowledge and composure completely and therefore insane. Suicide is another theme that has been used by Shakespeare to develop the plot in Hamlet. The play has been shaped using Ophelia as well as Hamlet.
Hamlet deeply contemplates about the issue of suicide and this is seen in his soliloquies. He keeps on asking himself questions about the act of murder. Hamlet had the fear to kill because of his social as well as religious morals.
He views suicide as a crime in the societal view and even before God who gives life.
He also had the fear of what happens to the person after he has departed from this world and going to the world of the deaths. In Hamlet, Shakespeare has used women characters in the development of the plot.
In the play, women are seen to play minor roles but very essential in development of the plot. In the play, Gertrude and Ophelia are the two women in direct relationship with the main protagonist.
This is seen when Gertrude tries to stop the death of his son because Hamlet never loved her as a mother. This is because; he felt that her mother was involved in the murder of his father.
She is concerned about the well-being of her son, which proves the reason why Claudius could not inform her about the plot of killing his stepson.
Ophelia is portrayed as loving because after the death of her father she became insane.Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet In Romeo and Juliet, love is an integral theme and there is many representations of love; family love, courtly love, sexual love, and most importantly; the love between Romeo and Juliet.
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