The Use Of Literary Devices In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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In literature, little things like the repetition of a word or the constant use of a letter, can derive emotions and feelings from the audience. The use of literary devices may seem like small changes, but it makes a huge difference in the reader's mind. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, many devices are used to trigger the reader's emotions and get them to connect to the main idea. In act 3, scene 1, the famous soliloquy of Hamlet, incorporates the use of many devices to induce the audience’s sympathy for Hamlet. Metaphors are one of the main devices used in this soliloquy to further convince the audience to experience sympathy for Hamlet through his thoughts of suicide. Another device used to convince the audience of Hamlet’s sympathy is the use of diction in the forms of connotation and denotation. Lastly, the use of imagery provokes the audience's senses to feel what Hamlet feels at that point. Throughout the soliloquy, Shakespeare uses various literary devices to capture the audience's views of suicide and attach them to the sympathy for Hamlet. In this part of the play, metaphors are highly used for effectiveness. Shakespeare uses the comparison of death and life to portray the vivid emotions to the audience. However, unlike other soliloquies in the play, this one is more connected to the raw emotions of what Hamlet is feeling. Hamlet states, “The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”, (Shakespeare 3.1.59). Through these lines Hamlet shows the

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