Trageght And Action In Shakespeare's Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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Register to read the introduction… According to Mary Anderson, “It is important that the ghost makes this statement [about the whole ear of Denmark] before he mentions the poisoning of the ear, and thereby sets up an analogy between the poisoning of the “whole ear” of the nation, and the poisoning of the ear of the king.” It is the poisoning of the ear which sets the internal conflict of the play, as Hamlet’s uncle Claudius kills his brother King Hamlet, in order to become king. The murder of King Hamlet also demonstrates the significance of the exclusion of one of the faculties, since the king was asleep and therefore unable to see the danger that would ultimately lead to his death which was the pouring of poison into his ears. In addition, there is a dilemma after Hamlet has spoken with the ghost where he must decide whether to believe what he has “heard” from the ghost, or deny its credibility because he can’t clearly “see” if the ghost is his father. It is the exclusion of sight which prevents Hamlet from believing the ghost and taking immediate action to kill Claudius right away; therefore, Hamlet takes a middle approach. Hamlet …show more content…
Hamlet, ironically has “trapped” Claudius in the Mousetrap because Hamlet sees his uncle’s reaction to the play, and will now try and revenge his father’s death, ultimately foreshadowing the end of the play because all mice will die once they have been trapped. Once again the faculties of the eyes and ears are reiterated because Hamlet is only trying to visually analyze the reaction of Claudius. After Hamlet knows that Claudius killed his father, he decides that he must seek revenge and is given the perfect opportunity to do so. Hamlet receives the perfect opportunity to kill Claudius, when he walks into a room, only to see Claudius with his back to him, on his knees appearing to be in the act of prayer. The only problem is that Hamlet, during this perfect opportunity to kill Claudius, can only see Claudius but not actually hear what Claudius is saying. As a result, Hamlet states, “Now might I do it pat. Now he is a-praying. And now I’ll do ’t. [He draws his sword]” (III.iii.77-78). Then Hamlet with cowardliness redraws his sword and makes the excuse that he wouldn’t truly revenge his father since Claudius would go to heaven if he thought Claudius was praying for repentance. However, this assumption

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