Hamlet : A Tragic Comedy

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Hamlet: A Tragic Comedy William Shakespeare once said that “brevity is the soul of wit.” This is heavily evident in regards to Hamlet and all of his short, witty comments throughout the play. In Act I Scene II Hamlet 's wit comes out in full force during a discussion with his mother, Gertrude, and his uncle/stepfather, Claudius, with Hamlet’s very first words in the play: “A little more than kin, and less than kind!” (Meyer, pg 1610)
WIth this initial first line, he satirically assaults Claudius’ claim the prince is both his cousin and his child. One may conclude that Hamlet’s mind and witticism, which partitions him from Claudius and Gertrude, add to the acrimony of him and the imperial couple. In this paper I would address and investigate the humorous parts of the protagonist, while analyzing the different witty figures, and also remark on the perplexing relationship between the play’s comic and genuine components, the novel blend of happiness and seriousness.
Susan Snyder once said that comedy is “the ground from which, or against which, tragedy develops… comedy and tragedy function as polar opposites, or as two sides of the same coin.” (Snyder. Print). The prototypical comic clash between blocking father and youthful beaus, which underlies the activities of numerous Shakespearean comedies, illuminates one strand of the activity of Hamlet: the relationship between Polonius, Ophelia and the Prince. Also unmistakable in different tragedies, such as Romeo and Juliet and…

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