Hamlet Task

Critical Essay Writing, Hamlet

Read Hamlet’s speech at the end of Act 2, Scene 2. Consider its importance and write a short analysis of this speech. Post it as a comment.

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6 thoughts on “Hamlet Task

  1. Shakespeare conveys the importance of this speech in Act 2, Scene 2, line 569: ‘Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,’. The dramatist uses word choice to convey the importance; ‘Prompted’, which indicates that Hamlet was convinced to take vengeance. Furthermore Shakespeare uses the word choice ‘revenge’ to illustrate the key theme of this eponymous word. This effectively demonstrates the key theme of the drama; revenge. Therefore the reader can assume that Hamlet will take actions for revenge later on in the drama. As such, the dramatist has effectively shown the importance of this speech for the drama as a whole.

    Rebecca McNeilly

  2. Shakespeare conveys the importance of Hamlet’s speech in act 2 scene 2 by using characterisation to show that Hamlet is sensible despitd him seeming to be mad. Despite seeking vengence for his fathers death and the ghost informing Hamlet that it was his uncle that murdered his father, he believes that, “The spirit that I have seen/May be the devil”. With this in mind Hamlet arranges a play that has a plot similar to that of the scenario that Hamlet believes the new king to in and, “I’ll observe his looks”, and “Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”. This shows that despite Hamlet appearing to be mad, he is really a rather sensible and calculating character who will wait until he knows it was his uncle that killed his father before getting his revenge.

  3. Shakespeare conveys the importance of the speech at the end of act 2 scene 2 as it highlights the main theme of revenge in the play:”prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell.” This suggests to the reader that Hamlet feels as if heaven and hell are telling him to take revenge against his uncle and the use of the word “prompted” suggests that he is ready for his revenge. This effectively highlights the key themes of revenge and drama which the reader assumes will continue further on in the play. The important key themes are shown effectively in Hamlet at the end of act 2 scene 2 by the playwright.

  4. William Shakespeare conveys the importance of Hamlet’s speech in act two scene two in lines 566/7 through the use of “The play is the thing / Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” The play write’s use of “catch” suggests that the use of word choice shows Hamlet’s plan to uncover King Claudius’s true feelings towards the murder of the previous King, through the use of the play within the dramatist conveys a message of revenge. Furthermore the use of “conscience” suggests that the he is watching for any sign of remorse over Hamlet’s fathers death or regret for killing him also he is trying to scare Claudius about the prospect of his revenge. This characterises Hamlet as he appears mad however he is actually a calculating character. This highlights to the reader that Hamlet is planning vengeance for his fathers death which is pursued later in the drama.

    Susan Smillie

  5. Shakespeare shows the importance of the speech at the end of act 2, scene 2 when Hamlet says ;” Abuses me to damn me,” this highlights the fact that Hamlet is being tKen advantage of and is not being trusted because the King and Queen sent people to check out Hamlets behaviour and to see if he had gone crazy. furthermore this shows that Hamlet now realises what is going on and knows that the King and Queen were basically spying on him. This is effective because it shows that Hamlet is smarter than he is thought out to be and can be seen as a character that knows what he is doing. It also effectively shows the reader that the King and Queen should be able to trust Hamlet but also that Hamlet is a careful character that should be looked out for. 🙂

  6. Shakespeare demonstrates the importance of Hamlet’s speech at the end of Act 2, Scene 2 when Hamlet says, “The play’s the thing/Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” This shows Hamlet’s eagerness to inflict revenge on his deceiving Uncle and avenge his Father, he is going to attempt to do so by putting on a play which has the same scenario as the current position he is in. The use of the word “conscience” indicates he wants to catch his Uncle out by perhaps making him realise the wrong he has done and confess to Hamlet personally, or at least leave the thought at the back of Claudius’ mind that Hamlet may know the truth behind his Father’s passing.

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