Hamlet Audience Response Paper

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Hamlet Audience Response How does Shakespeare influence the audience's response to the character of Hamlet? There are many scenes in “Hamlet”, which can change the audience's view of Hamlet. The majority of the play Shakespeare is attempting to mess with the audience, for example his so called “insanity”. In (III.I) says to Ophelia “Ay, truly, for the power of beauty will sooner transform honesty from what it is to a bawd than the force of honesty can translate beauty into his likeness. This was sometime a paradox, but now the time gives it proof. I did love you once.” Here we see Hamlet being incredibly rude towards Ophelia who we know to be his lover, and the audience might be asking themselves, why would Hamlet be saying these rude things to the woman he loves and why doesn’t he just tell her about his plan from the beginning? Most people would argue the point that if Hamlet had told Ophelia about his plan to act insane, she probably would have held him back from carrying out his plan because to her it might seem foolish and stupid for Hamlet to do that. In the very beginning of the “Hamlet” we are introduced to something very strange right as we get into the play. In (I.I) Shakespeare introduces to us a ghost when three of the guards Horatio, Bernado and Marcellus are on duty, and Horatio says “ What art thou that usurp’st this time of night together with that fair and warlike form In which the majesty of buried Denmark did sometimes march? By heaven, I charge thee, speak.” Here we see a ghost walking around the castle and later on we go on to find out that the ghost is actually Hamlet’s father the king who was poisoned by his brother Claudius. People have called Shakespeare one of the greatest playwrights to ever live because of the way he writes his plays and the surprises he pulls on his audience. If you we were to go to a performance of Hamlet

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