David Ball Hamlet Quotes Analysis

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Prince Hamlet and Ophelia were head over heels for one another, which is not necessarily true in the somber play “Hamlet” written by William Shakespeare. This statement paints a picture how Hamlet and Ophelia were in love with one another without actually saying the key word love. When you can see an image in your mind with descriptions of what is going on with words this is my intake of what David Ball the author of “Backwards & Forwards” calls IMAGE. Ball’s exact words in chapter 11 on page 69, “An image is something we already know or can be easily be told that is used to describe, illuminate, or expand upon something we don’t know or cannot easily be told. The Ghost says “Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole, With juice of cursed hebona in a viral, And in the porches of my ears did pour…” 1.5.67-69. From these two lines the Ghost of King Hamlet begins to help create a mental picture of what he physically felt while he was being murdered by his own flesh and blood. When Marcellus states “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”, 1.4.99, I believe is talking about the situation with the ghost and death of anyone would smell like roses. What I take from this statement is that there is some unfinished business and due to that reason this is why the King’s spirit is not at ease. Another good example of image in Hamlet is when Prince Hamlet describes how he feels about his mother’s quick decision to marry his uncle. “Must I remember? Why, she should hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown,…show more content…
Themes to me is what the moral of the story contains or what the big picture at the end of it is. “The theme of a play is an abstract concept which part or all of that play is “about”, point by Ball page 76. Like I stated at the beginning of this paragraph power, greed, revenge, and death are the overall themes of Hamlet; all four point coexist from one to
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