Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Hamlet gazes up at the sky and appreciates it, “this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appearth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors” (Shakespeare II, ii, 299-303). In this line, Hamlet sees the sky as artwork that should be appreciated as something that is a blessing for us. The influence of the Renaissance is evident in this line. During the Renaissance, people looked at the world from a humanistic perspective rather than the Middle Age faith based approach. Our perspective of the world changes based on what is going on around us. If there is a war going on, we are more prone to be pessimistic, scared, and animalistic. On the contrary, if there is a period of peace and prosperity, we are more likely to feel optimistic, celebratory, and blessed. Shakespeare was undergoing a lot of external conflicts during his time and incorporated them into Hamlet’s actions, words, and behavior. Shakespeare’s use of historical references serves as a backdrop and provides an underlying meaning of how the characters develop, and their roles/expectations. Shakespeare uses the Middle Ages to show how it affected the characters in Hamlet. The views of man in the Middle Ages were quite different than later on in the Renaissance, The Middle Ages was a transitional period of reformation of the old, “The Middle Ages therefore present the confusing and often contradictory…
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