Hamlet: Analytical Essay About Style

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Hamlet has style. Hamlet as in the play, not the character, and style not in terms of fashion and knowing how to dress, but as in the combination of different literary elements in order to capture that certain elegance in one’s writing. Shakespeare implements these various literary devices for the purpose of enhancing his writing, typically to emphasize a specific point or to set a certain mood for a scene. In passages that are important in the play there are usually an abundance of these devices. Ones that are more easily detectable and obvious, then there are also ones that are more subtle and sophisticated. Soliloquies are often places where emphasis is needed and thus a majority of the time they are full of literary devices. A particular passage in which there are an assortment of different devices that fit together well and reinforce his rage at his mother being with his uncle, starts in Act 3, Scene 4, Line 53 with Hamlet’s soliloquy, stating the difference between his father, Hamlet, and his uncle, Claudius, to Gertrude.
Perhaps the most obvious literary devices that Shakespeare draws upon to illustrate Hamlet’s anger towards his mother’s new marriage comes in the two forms of repetition and hyperbolic clauses. Hamlet is dumbfounded by the fact that his mother who was married to such a respected, skilled man, would marry such a disliked, untalented man. He is still acting crazy and goes off into a rant about the contrasting aspects of the two men. Hamlet…

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