Hamlet Cause and Effect Essay

1716 Words Jul 13th, 2014 7 Pages
Cause and Effect Essay – Elizabethan Target Audience
“Always mystify, torture, mislead, and surprise the audience as much as possible (Roff).” Hamlet is a dramatic production written by William Shakespeare. “The play, set in the Kingdom of Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius for murdering the old King Hamlet, Claudius's own brother and Prince Hamlet's father, and then succeeding to the throne and marrying Gertrude, the King Hamlet's widow and mother of Prince Hamlet ("Hamlet”).” Shakespeare’s main objective was to impress his Elizabethan audience because entertainment through theater was extremely important to everyone in the era ("Elizabethan Theater"). Shakespeare successfully captivated an
…show more content…
The audience therefore develops a stronger feeling of pathos toward Hamlet and hatred towards Claudius. Hamlet describes that he feels inadequate because he has not yet taken action for revenge on Claudius when he says: “What is a man If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more (4.4.33-35).” He also states that if Fortinbras army can risk danger and death for an insignificant piece of land, then he should be able to seek revenge for what he feels is a much more important cause. The audience can easily relate to the feelings and situations that Hamlet must face because he is speaking directly to the audience.
This soliloquy helps the audience to better understand Hamlet but also to better understand themselves. Every Elizabethan audience, no matter their status in society has faced controversy. Therefore when Hamlet delivers this particular soliloquy, it helps the audience to better understand not only Hamlet but themselves. As Hamlet passionately confesses his need to do what he thinks is right, the audience recalls situations where they have felt the same way. The audience sympathises with Hamlet and revenge becomes the choice solution for all. Hamlet’s final soliloquy targets the Elizabethan audience because it speaks directly about revenge. The

More about Hamlet Cause and Effect Essay

Open Document