HamletQuestion 3

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Question 3: Hamlet Essay Novels and plays often include scenes of weddings, funerals, parties, and other social occasions. Such scenes may reveal the values of the characters and the society in which they live. Select a novel or play that includes such a scene and, in a focused essay, discuss the contribution the scene makes to the meaning of the work as a whole. In William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, a variety of principles inherent to human character, such as truth and honesty, are explored. As portrayed in the novel, the sheer consequences of lies and deception, which replace truth and honesty, are as dreary as death. The author consummately depicts how special occasions and events can be catalysts in revealing certain characteristics in people that otherwise would not emerge. It is in these occasions during which humans are most vulnerable because the need to express oneself yet also to be accepted within a society is inherent in human nature. Consequently, evil or selfless qualities inevitably arise. In Hamlet, this is evident when Claudius addresses his court struggling to keep the same merry atmosphere that existed when Old Hamlet was king, the play that Hamlet wittily stages which solidifies Claudius’ guilt, Ophelia’s burial in which Laertes and Hamlet both struggle to express their love for her, and the fencing match which consummately depicts the victory of lies, deception, and hatred as manifested in the death of the entire Danish royal court. In the beginning of the novel, Claudius is seen in the midst of a meeting with his
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor S during the Spring '11 term at Texas Tech.

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