Hamlet confrontation Essay

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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
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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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