Imagery And Imagery Of Shakespeare 's Hamlet

1015 WordsJul 26, 20165 Pages
Shakespeare’s Hamlet uses imagery as a means to develop the ideas that grow out of the representation of a thought. Shakespeare uses imagery as vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas. The imagery of disease, poison and decay is used throughout the play by Shakespeare for a purpose. The descriptions are of disease, poison and decay to help us understand the bitter relationships between the characters that exist in the play and Hamlet’s own cynicism. We see Hamlet’s soliloquy when he contemplates suicide. The resentful nature that exists between Polonius and Hamlet is heightened with the use of imagery. The imagery enhances Claudius’ hate of Hamlet. Shakespeare uses imagery in this play to deepen our understanding of the emotions experienced by Hamlet. The imagery of decay is used to help us understand the depression Hamlet felt in his first soliloquy about suicide. “O that this too sullied flesh would melt, Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,” Hamlet is communicating his wishes not to exist in this world anymore. He wants to die and be come part of the earth. An image of Hamlet’s flesh, rotting, combining with nature is produced. At this moment we can grasp the intensity of Hamlet’s true emotions. We can feel his pain and his yearning for his death. Hamlet continues to say, “How weary, stale, fat, and unprofitable/ Seem to me all the uses of this world! Fie on’t, ah, Fie, tis an unweeded garden/That grows seed. Things rank and gross in the
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