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Jared Restivo PHL Section One March 24, 2008 According to Susan Feagin, tragedies are enjoyable due to the distinction between direct response and the meta-response. Feagin explains that the direct response is how we, as viewers, react to the events that recently occurred. The meta-response is actually the response to the person’s individual response to the actual event. The difference between them is that the meta-response has no actual bearing towards responding to the actual event; it is only affected by the guttural human response to the event. In Hamlet, there is plenty of death, blood, and revenge, all aspect that are usually not enjoyable. However, Hamlet has been famous and renowned for generations, so it is obviously appeasable. For me personally, I love Hamlet and enjoyed watching it again, as
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Unformatted text preview: I haven’t seen or heard anything Hamlet since high school. The final scene involves plenty of both direct and meta-responses from the viewers. An example is when Hamlet kills Claudius. The act of killing is at first violent and to view is slightly unsettling. That was the direct response. However, then the meta-response kicks in, and I feel happy and relieved for Hamlet, who was finally able to avenge his father’s death. The same feelings go for when Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine, and immediately I wanted to yell ‘NO!’ at the screen (direct response), but then realized that now Gertrude understands why Hamlet has been acting strange. She now grants Hamlet vindication for the acts he is about to commit, and this acknowledgement is settling (meta-response)....
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