Friday, December 5, 2014

Literary Terms in The Hamlet

There were lots of instances of Soliloquy when all the characters but Hamlet had left the scene and no other characters had entered yet. It definitely adds to the play, as each instance shows the emotions of the character that he may only feel free to express in private. Since there is no narrator or choir that goes along with the play to interpret and comment on the actions and state the feelings of the characters the Soliloquy is very important in determining the true emotions of the characters. In this way the readers of Hamlet are able to understand Prince Hamlet’s emotions and true intentions.

In Act I, Scene II after King Claudius has delivered his speech explaining his marriage to Gertrude and settled other matters, he says to Hamlet:

….But now, my cousin Hamlet, and my son,--

And Hamlet replies with this aside:

[Aside] A little more than kin, and less than kind.

It is definitely effective in demonstrating the ill feelings Hamlet harbors against this King. Yes, he is kin by birth, but not more than that to Hamlet and he is certainly not kind to him in usurping his and his father's thrown and marrying his mother! I think that relaying these emotions is the purpose intended by Shakespeare in this Aside, and it is accomplished well with a simple 9 words.

Dramatic exposition:
One of the most important dramatic expositions was that of the Ghost telling about how he died. This knowledge is arguably the most important piece of information introduced, as without it, Hamlet would not have known how to move forward. Shakespeare uses dramatic exposition several other times throughout the play, all of which contribute important information to the continuation or wrapping up of certain parts of the story.