Hamlet By Aristotle Analysis

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http://www.shakespeareforalltime.com/arisotlean-tragedy/ ‘Poetics’ – Aristotle ‘Hamlet’ – Shakespeare How does the Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ conform to, or deviate from, Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’, and for what purpose? Shakespeare’s famous revenge tragedy ‘Hamlet’ conforms to a few of the fundamentals of Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’, however, it deviates regarding crucial factors. ‘Poetics’ by Aristotle is the base of many famous and less famous pieces in the world. Plethora playwrights, directors and authors have used elements from Aristotle’s analysis of tragedies and epic poetry in the past and are still using it in the present. William Shakespeare has used the fundamentals of the general conclusions about tragedies, provided by Aristotle in his ‘Poetics’,…show more content…
According to Aristotle, a play should only take place in a maximum of 24 hours story time: “for Tragedy endeavours, as far as possible, to confine itself to a single revolution of the sun”. It is inconclusive of how long the play takes, but the following scenes carry evidence that it takes more than 24 hours. Between Act I, scene i, and Act I, scene v, at least several nights have passed before Horatio tells Prince Hamlet of his observation of Old King Hamlet’s spirit during the latter. Another piece of evidence is Prince Hamlet’s sea voyage to England, as it is impossible for Hamlet and his entourage to travel from Denmark to England in less than 24 hours with the resources of those times. Shakespeare chose to deviate from this principle of unity of time in order to create a more complex story, as it would not have been possible to include many of the significant scenes that ‘Hamlet’ counts when Shakespeare would have confined himself to 24…show more content…
On the following crucial factors; unity of time, unity of place and unity of action, of the ‘Poetics’, ‘Hamlet’ utterly deviates. Shakespeare chose to do this in order to enhance the storyline and to leave his audience in awe. Shakespeare deviates from the classical revenge tragedy structure that has been set up by Aristotle, and implemented his own structure, which resulted in him being the most renowned playwright ever. By implementing his own structure he distinguishes himself from Aristotle and thus he reaches his own formula for
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