Diction And Imagery In Hamlet

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Alicia Bertolino Due October 6, 2014 Hamlet- Diction and Imagery Essay Ms. Negron How does diction and imagery in the ghost’s speech to Hamlet create a comparison between the two gardens before and after the entrance of the serpents? In the drama, Hamlet by Shakespeare the use of diction and imagery are used throughout the play to create comparisons. In Act One, Scene 5, the ghost makes a speech to Hamlet to create a comparison between the two gardens before and after the entrance of the serpents. To convey this comparison Shakespeare uses diction and imagery to show this comparison. In the beginning of the ghost’s speech he describes the garden as being peaceful, serene, and innocent. In Act 1, Scene 5, line 40-41, the ghost said “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life/ Now wears his crown,” Shakespeare uses imagery to help the reader grasp that Claudius is not a good man and is sneaky and evil as most people perceive a serpent…show more content…
In lines 60-65 the ghost says “My custom always of the afternoon, / Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole / With juice of cursed hebenon inn a vial, / And in the porches of my ears did pour / The leperous distilment, whose effect / Holds such an enmity with blood of a man.” In these lines the ghosts view on the garden changes. The garden was once viewed as a peaceful place where the king spent his afternoons, and at the end the garden was where his uncle murdered him. Later in the speech, the ghost says “Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand / Of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched / Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin, / Unhouseled, disappointed, unaneled.” (Line 74-77) The king’s diction changes in this part of the speech. He begins to think about how his brother took his life before he can confess his sins and be free of them and how his brother has taken his wife and committed adultery with
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