Chelsea Essay

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Through the use of Shakespeare’s rhetorical devices he puts emphasis on the Ghost, is it an evil demon or a holy angel? He gives you a feeling of suspense through his use of litotes, imagery, metonymy, character development, apostrophe, and a very strong thesis statement. Litotes is a very popular rhetorical device in world literature Shakespeare uses it on this page to question one of the characters. He uses litotes in the very beginning of the page saying “Be thou a spirit of health or goblin damn’d bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, be thy intents wicked or charitable,!” and asking the spirit “King, father, royal Dane: O, answer me Hamlet asks in this passage simply if the ghost is evil or holy, which is also an apostrophe asking a spirit what it is or isn’t when Hamlet knows it won’t answer. Imagery is shown in this page with “why thy canoniz’d bones,” giving a mental image of the King’s bones in his grave. Also Horatio asks Hamlet if he tempts to approach the problem as if it is a “summit of the cliff”, “flood”, or “into the sea.” The “canoniz’d bones” are also an example of metonymy referring to the King’s body. Shakespeare uses many rhetorical devices to delineate the most important subject of matter. He gives depth to characters that most authors don’t show through words. The character development for Hamlet is strictly important seeing that he is the main character. On this certain page it shows that “I do not set my life at a pin’s fee,” or in other words, he doesn’t care about his life and also “being a thing immortal as itself,” saying his soul is immortal which also shows that even though he doesn’t care about his life he still views himself as almost God-like. In only one page it shows a major impact of character development for Hamlet giving readers an idea of who he really is, a typical young man who says he is worthless but

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