Hamlet ghost

Hamlet ghost - transpositions of monarchs and the sense of...

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Hamlet – the ghost in act I, scene I Jacky Chong In act I, scene I of ‘Hamlet’, the ghost of King Hamlet, being a thematic device, is used to build the sense of suspense and mystery and to establish audience’s attention to the play. The ghost appears when the clock “struck twelve” at night where the environment is “bitter cold” (act I, scene I, line 8). It is widely believed in the 1600s that ghosts appear only at midnights. The unexpected appearance of the ghost, together with the specific choice of time and the sensorial description of the setting develop a creepy atmosphere for the scene. The silence of the ghost in this scene provokes the audience’s curiosity about the plot development. Many of the Shakespearean plays focus explicitly on the betrayals and rebellions during the
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Unformatted text preview: transpositions of monarchs, and the sense of tension and dread aroused in the society. The appearance of the ghost also enhances the frightful concern that fills the whole society after the king’s death, seemingly to foreshadow the future of Denmark as being hopeless and terrifying. Shakespeare, William, and G. R. Hibbard. The Oxford Shakespeare: "Hamlet" Oxford: Oxford Paperbacks, 1998. Print. "Hamlet." Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. Web. 27 Sept. 2010. <http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~lbmelton/v1.0/creations/hamlet.html>. "Goldman - Greenblatt's Hamlet." Anthropoetics. Web. 27 Sept. 2010. <http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap0701/hamlet.htm>....
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