Cause and Effect Hamlet Essay

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Cause and Effect Hamlet Essay

William Shakespeare, arguably the greatest language in the English language and England’s national poet, has written numerous histories, tragedies, comedies and poems. Throughout his plays, his use of dramatic irony, immaculate word choice and wording, and his vast imagination has made him a successful playwright even in his time. Shakespeare’s scripts for his theatrical company, needed to pertain to the needs and fascinations of the Elizabethan audience. It is safe to assume that all his sonnets, poetic speeches, electrifying action and soliloquies in his play were created for the delicate and quickly appreciative of language Elizabethans of his time. A particular example out of the many soliloquies
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It is likely that the audience of that time felt equally frustrated as the author, when men have died without a justifiable reason, such as perhaps certain aspects of the English Civil War and Nine Years’ War.

As seen in numerous scenes and occasions in the play, Hamlet has been procrastinating and hesitating with the murder of Claudius. Shakespeare makes the last soliloquy in the play vital for the audience’s understanding of Hamlet’s development as a character. In previous acts of the play Hamlet has contemplated the immoral act of murderous revenge and did not murder Claudius when the chance had risen. In the soliloquy presented, Hamlet accuses himself of forgetting his father’s death and not fulfilling his wishes. As seen in the speech, “how all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge! What is a man, if his chief good and market of his time be put to sleep and feed? a beast, no more.” (IV, iv,35), Hamlet shows signs of guilt and cowardice for not avenging his late father. However, with the help of Fortinbras’ actions, Hamlet accepts it as a necessary duty to fulfill his father’s wishes and to rid Denmark of Claudius’ tyranny. Hamlet, ending the soliloquy with the unforgettable “My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” showcasing his future motives.

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