Hamlet Cause and Effect Essay

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Cause and Effect Essay – Elizabethan Target Audience
“Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible (Roff).” Hamlet is a dramatic production written by William Shakespeare. “The play, set in the Kingdom of Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius for murdering the old King Hamlet, Claudius's own brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and marrying Gertrude, the King Hamlet's widow and mother of Prince Hamlet ("Hamlet”).” Shakespeare’s main objective was to impress his Elizabethan audience because entertainment through theater was extremely important to everyone in the era ("Elizabethan Theater"). Shakespeare successfully captivated an
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Prior to this speech Hamlet became distracted and hesitated several opportunities for revenge on King Claudius. Hamlet constantly contemplated revenge for the entire play. Shakespeare made it very clear that Hamlet was aware of a delay. In act two Hamlet states “Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I! (2.2.509)” and “Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave, That I (2.2.545-546) when referring to his moral conscience not allowing him to commit vengeance. He was first delayed because he had to prove that the ghost was telling the truth. In postponing his actions, Hamlet staged a play that mimicked the murder, and he also refrained from killing Claudius when he was confessing to God because he did not wish for Claudius to go to heaven. Finally, Hamlet accidentally murdered Polonius, and was sent away, further delaying an opportunity for revenge (Chan). Within this soliloquy, Hamlet further expresses his thoughts on his procrastination and hesitation.
“Now, whether it be
Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple
Of thinking too precisely on th' event—
A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom (4.4.39-43)”.
This means that Hamlet recognized that he has delayed revenge too many times. The Elizabethan audience would have understood Hamlet’s careful thought process and procrastination on the topic of revenge because in this era “Church, state and the regular morals of people did not accept revenge” ("Elizabethan Revenge in…

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