Motif in Hamlet Essay

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Motifs in Shakespeare Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most important pieces of literature written in the 16th century. A play filled with laughter, happiness, and sadness, it was one that is still remembered and reenacted even in today’s time. Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a play that was not only a form of entertainment but also a story with moral values that the audience could take with them. A reason why this play is so well known and controversial is that it posseses an important element to it known as a motif. Motifs, commonly known as themes, are constantly represented throughout the play. The motifs in Hamlet were important as they help to establish the identity of the different characters and create an interesting plot. One motif that stood out throughout the play was the trap motif. The motif was shown mostly by the antagaonist and protaganists of the story, but was also seen by smaller characters as well. Shakespeare used the trap motif to bring in more action and leave the audience on a cliffhanger. Most importantly, however, the trap motif is used to establish an important theme represented in the play: the deciving/revenge theme. This theme is an important part of the play as it shows that each character’s decision can have a positive or negative outcome on another character in the play. A unique motif that was recurring throughout the play was the trap motif. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare reveals the characters that make up the plot of the play. The main protagonist, Hamlet is shown to be motionally unstable. After discovering the death of his father, Hamlet is seeking revenge on the person responsible. He has a strong feeling that Claudius was responsible for the murder of his father after his mother marries Claudius and Hamlet decides to put on an act that would re-enact the murder. Hamlet hopes that by visually showing the murder, he

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