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Short Writing Assignment 4

Short Writing Assignment 4 - accepted as the turning point...

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Joe Littman THE 191 F Short Writing Assignment 4 I have chosen to analyze Hamlet’s speech in first Scene of Act three which is commonly referred to as the “to be or not to be” speech . This speech is written in short lines, which seem to have a meter and the speech does somewhat mimic naturally used language . The lines are also all written with ten syllables, which is a telling characteristic Blank-verse . In Professor Polly Heinkel lecture she taught us that Shakespeare used Blank-verse to “help indicate characterization”, and the “to be or not to be” speech is commonly
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Unformatted text preview: accepted as the turning point in Hamlets characterization, as it shows how Hamlet has lost the will to live, but the fear of death and the after life cause him to pause and respect the unknown an live on . The lines of the speech are riddled with commas, which force the actors to slow, or pause, their speech, which reinforces the meter Shakespeare, wanted for the verse . There are also dashes in the verse that serve the same purpose, but with stronger force . He also uses semi-colons to achieve the same result ....
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