Hamlet confrontation Essay

2036 WordsFeb 3, 20149 Pages
Notes Make thesis statement argument – Keep simple Keep referring to question Less first person Keep quotes brief Father real ghost – Real and clear Hard to fight shadows Everyone else is a ghost Ignorance deception weak Cannot divert from that cause but everyone else thinks of themselves no higher cause Plan An inherent tension between confrontation and resolution is revealed through characterisation in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To what extent does your interpretation align with this view? What is the Inherent tension? Define Confrontation and resolution Macro Micro Which confrontations/lack thereof will you discuss? Hamlet and Ophelia Gertrude and Hamlet Hamlet and Claudius What confrontations do these…show more content…
To the audience of the day marriage was almost completely paternally cantered, meaning that the male was in charge and responsible for the family. This reinforces Hamlets point that women are naturally deceitful and wishing to hold power and control for themselves so they should marry a fool in order to be able to get away with her deception. This scene is used to illustrate that although there are issues being confronted, due to the nature of the confrontation little resolution can be made creating this inherent tension. Not only does Shakespeare delve into confrontation in this drama but also the evasion of conflict through Gertrude. It is Polonius that picks up on Hamlets dreariness “How is it that the clouds still hang on you?”. After his Father’s death Hamlet walks around, as Polonius suggests through metaphor, as if there is a literal storm clinging to the prince. It is here that Shakespeare explores the antithesis of confrontation, through Gertrude’s avoidance. “Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, and let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark… Thou know'st 'tis common. All that live must die”. Gertrude attempts to palm off death itself to avoid the topic of her previous husband. She appeals to Hamlets intellectual nature, which Shakespeare weaves in at multiple points, that as someone of great intelligence that he of all people should
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