Hamlet Analysis

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Text analysis on Hamlet 17th October 2012 Analysis of text Sarah Brazil Autumn 2012 Module BA1 Cecilia Olivieri 20, rue de la Navigation 022 731 53 09 cecile.olivieri@gmail.com 06-317-796 One of the most exceptional attributes of Hamlet is his use of irony and wit present in the entire play. Whether he’s in his real or apparent madness, he keeps control in every situation, never loosing his tragic humor and repartee. In this passage, Hamlet is putting into action his stratagem to catch King Claudius’ conscience, specifically, putting on a play, which tells the story of a murdered king, mirroring what he thinks was the murder of his own father by Claudius. Behind each of Hamlet’s sharp responses, lies a double meaning. Hamlet is the one in power in this scene, running his plan, playing as much with the other characters, as with words. Scene 2, Act 3 is very significant to the plot: it is the first time Hamlet puts a plan into action to advance his revenge. It is also relevant to notice that this passage highlights a very important theme in the play: the parallel between acting and playing. The play within the play uses illusion to discover the truth about Claudius’ guilt. This underlines the thin wall between pretending in real life and acting in a play. When Claudius asks Hamlet if the play has any offense in it Hamlet answers: “No, no, they do but jest, poison in jest.”(lines 256-257) He says that it is just pretending and that they are just actors in a play. During the whole plot of Hamlet, characters use lies, stage situations and manipulate each other to find out truths. They are all acting. In this passage, language is also used to play. The language in the passage is very relevant to Hamlet’s attitude. Hamlet is the only one playing with words, and has a smooth answer for every comment. This shows that he is in control. The passage is

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