Role Of Dramatist In Hamlet

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the most considerable literary figure of the Elizabethan Age and often called the English national poet is considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time. He occupies a unique position in world literature. The opening lines of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Preface to Shakespeare are tribute to Shakespeare’s long–continued popularity, which Johnson considers to be an acceptable criterion of greatness. According to Johnson, no other test of the greatness of literary works exists “than length of duration and continuance of esteem.”¹ Johnson even says that Shakespeare has begun “to assume the dignity of an ancient, and prescriptive veneration.”² He finds that as Shakespeare has won the applause of the readers …show more content…
Shakespeare displays rare craftsmanship and dramatic economy in this scene. In about forty lines the dramatist creates an atmosphere of awe, suspense and mystery which prepares the mind of the audience to receive the revelations of the supernatural world. The ghost comes and disappears without revealing anything. His mysterious appearance and disappearance increase the feeling of suspense and the sense of curiosity. In the second scene we find ourselves in the Court of Denmark. After the initial shock of the first scene is over, the dramatist takes us to the bright and resplendent court and explains the circumstances which have led to the present situation. We learn that the former King …show more content…
This reveals the element of excessive sensibility in the character of Hamlet. Very few young men would think of committing suicide if their parents are found guilty of infidelity towards each other. But Hamlet is a young man of lofty ideals and extreme sensibility. This image of his mother that he had cherished in his mind was that of an ideal woman–pure and chaste, deeply loyal and devoted to her husband. This image is now shattered to pieces by the hasty remarriage of his mother so soon after the death of his father. Hamlet cannot reconcile himself to the stern realities of life. The dramatist has exposed the tragic weakness in the character of Hamlet at the beginning of the play. Hamlet fails to adjust his lofty ideals to existing realities of his environment, and thinks of committing suicide. Hamlet’s tragedy is the tragedy of

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