Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Duplication and repetition in Hamlet create an effect in which the core foundations of the play are reiterated and given greater attention as to resonate with the audience. Each of these duplications are binary oppositions that showcase a similar situation with opposite processes or results-- ultimately the majority of these duplications are reverberations of death in scenes that show Hamlet trying to be a hero but ending up being a villain. There are two actions in the play that are duplicated and they both have to do with death : the first occurrence is Hamlet attempting to kill Claudius twice, once when he is praying, and once when he accidentally kills polonius. In this one instance, Hamlet does not want to kill Claudius because he is praying and thus overthinks it and believes Claudius may go to heaven if he dies while doing a good deed, he wants to catch Claudius committing a sin and kill him then so he is assured Claudius will go to hell. In the other instance, Hamlet believes that Claudius is in the room with him and his mother and stabs him without thinking about it, only for it to end up being Polonius, who, although is spying, is an innocent man, which is somewhat ironic. These two scenes are both an attempt to kill Claudius, however they are structured very differently in both the process and result. These two sets of acts are binarily opposed by action and inaction: where in these two acts have the same intention, Hamlet over thinks and does not act in one, and…
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