William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay

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Art has been a pivotal element of human development, expression, and survival for thousands of years; it is something powerful. It has been used to persuade, to dissuade, to provoke. In February of 1601, Richard II was performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men in an attempt to provoke a rebellion in England. This rebellion ultimately failed. However, the eminence of art, in particular theatre, is not to be underestimated. Hamlet explores the importance and influence of theatre. Hamlet acts insane in his play, but his acting can sometimes seem to slip into being truly insane. He questions the world around him, delving into issues of life, death, treachery, and acting. Hamlet is particularly intrigued by the emotional performances put on by the traveling players in Elsinore. Theatre is alluded to as a reflection of nature, and Hamlet uses The Murder of Gonzago as a weapon against Claudius; this play echoes the presence of long, drawn-out speeches that Hamlet itself contains. Furthermore, after Hamlet’s own death, Horatio gives him a theatrical obituary through a long, drawn-out speech. Hamlet shows that in order to truly sway an audience with a theatrical performance, speeches must be sharply executed.
In Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet directs the visiting players precisely how to deliver their lines, telling them to “Speak the speech… trippingly on the tongue” (3.2.1-2, 135). Hamlet guides the players towards a powerful, politically moving speech, as these lines will eventually be the…

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