Hamlet 4


Within the play Hamlet there exists many puns and phrases, which have a
double meaning. Little ploys on words which tend to add a bit of
entertainment to the dialogue of the play. These forked tongue phrases are
used by Shakespeare to cast an insight to the characters in the play to give
them more depth and substance. However, most importantly these phrases cause
the reader or audience to think. They are able to show a double meaning that
not all people would pick up on, which is the purpose of the comments.
Little is known about Shakespeare's life, other than he was a great
playwright whose works serve to meld literary casts for ages to come. This
was his occupation, he wrote and ...

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than one social class in his theatrical productions. These
Shakespearean theaters have a unique construction, which had specific seats
for the wealthy, and likewise, a designated separate standing section for the
peasants. This definite separation of the classes is also evident in
Shakespeare's writing, in as such that the nobility of the productions speak
in poetic iambic pentameter, where as the peasants speak in ordinary prose.
Perhaps Shakespeare incorporated these double meanings to the lines of his
characters with the intent that only a select amount of his audience were
meant to hear it in either its double meaning, or its true meaning.
However, even when the tragic hero Hamlet's wordplay is intentional.
it is not always clear as to what purpose he uses it. To confuse or to
clarify? Or to control his own uncensored thoughts? The energy and turmoil of
his mind brings words thronging into speech, stretching, over-turning and
contorting their ...

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words come to bear deeper, more ironic or more blatant meanings. It is from
these phrases, which even manage to confuse the complex mind of Hamlet that
we begin to get a glimpse into the intentions of Hamlets mind, and seeing
just exactly the way he ticks.
Much of the dramatic action of this tragedy is within the head of
Hamlet, and wordplay represents the amazing, contradictory, unsettled,
mocking nature of that mind, as it is torn by disappointment and positive
love, as Hamlet seeks both acceptance and punishment, action and stillness,
and wishes for consummation and annihilation within a world he perceives to
be against him. He can be abruptly silent or ...

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