Hamlet Suspense Analysis

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The play Hamlet is about a Prince emotionally affected by the loss of his father, who’s killer is his uncle/step dad who married his mother and is now the king of Denmark. As many events happen throughout the play, such as death, marriage, murder, etc., these actions do not compare to the suspense, climax, and excitement that Shakespeare created by using internal conflict within the character’s head.
The shortest scene in the play can also be the most important scene. Hamlet, before meeting the ghost, is just a depressed prince that is still mourning about the loss of his father, while everyone has moved on; but after confronting the ghost, Hamlet is internally conflicted. When Hamlet talks to the ghost he says, “The time is out of joint.
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In Hamlet’s soliloquy, Shakespeare uses the thoughts of Hamlet to build suspense to give the audience a guess as to what is going to happen next. While Hamlet is dealing with all of these awful things happening to him at once he reflects by stating, “To be, or not to be? That is the question—/Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer/The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” (3.1.56-59). Hamlet is trying to decide whether it is better to be alive or dead. Hamlet doesn’t know if it’s wrong of him to take his whole life instead of dealing with all the stuff that is going on in his life. Shakespeare is a guiness for incorporating this into his play because not only his he creating multiple feelings for the audience to experience but he’s using a topic that was looked down upon. When Ophelia is handing out flowers, she’s actually speaking her mind by revealing her true thoughts about people, “There’s fennel for you, and columbines./ There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we/ may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. You must wear/ your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would/ give you some violets, but they withered all when/ my father died. They say he made a good end.” (4.5.204-209). As Ophelia is doing all of this her flowers are serving a purpose to those who were paying attention. Some of the things she says are almost humorous. Another example is when …show more content…
In one scene when Claudius is all to himself, he reveals that his life choices have been those of deceitfulness, “O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;/ It hath the primal eldest curse upon’t,/ A brother’s murder.” (3.3.40-43). This is the only time that Claudius shows his true feelings. Shakespeare is also using this moment to create the feeling of sympathy because Claudius is ashamed and remorseful. Polonius often throughout the play is putting himself into others peoples business which ultimately results in his death, “I hear him coming. Withdraw, my lord.” (3.1.63). Polonius is spying on Hamlet in order to figure out what’s wrong. This reveals what type of character he truly is by showing how low he will stoop in order to solve problems. Most of the plans go wrong in this play when Gertrude is accidentally poisoned, revealing the stupidity that the audience feels towards Claudius, “It is the poisoned cup. It is too late.” (5.2.319). Even though this is an external conflict, this all happened because of the internal conflicts that the characters had by lying and being deceitful.
Shakespeare uses internal conflict to capture the audience's excitement and climax to strengthen the play to become even better. Some may argue that the scenes throughout the play create these feelings alone, but when reading between the lines, the problems and thoughts of the characters

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