Expressive Punctuation In Hamlet

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In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Hamlet’s father’s ghost vanishes in Act 1, with the parting words of “Remember me” (1.5.91). Hamlet responded to this utterance with the following: Tracing the theme of memory and remembrance in the above excerpt from Hamlet reveals how through the act of preserving the memory of his father, Hamlet relinquish his remembrance of the other characters, causing him to go mad. The inclusion of multiple forms of address in the absence of an addressee emphasizes the idea of Hamlet attempting to grapple with memory. Hamlet began his soliloquy with “, O all host of heaven! O earth! What else? …O fie!” (1.5.92-93). Although, one could argue that because Hamlet’s plea is geared towards a superhuman being, an absent addressee is expected. However, Hamlet asks the question “What…show more content…
The excerpt commences on an expressive note with the inclusion of inquiry and exclamatory phrases “, What else? / And shall I couple hell? O fie!” (1.5.92-93). Hamlet not only asks a question to an absence, but he also replies. The unresponsiveness of memories led to Hamlet’s expressive outburst. It demonstrates his frustration and that frustration trailed into madness. During Hamlet’s apology to Laertes, this form self-communication was also seen. Hamlet stated in the apology “, Wasn’t Hamlet wronged Laertes? Never Hamlet” (5.2.179). In this instance, Hamlet asks and responses to his own questions from the third person perspective. This appears to be an elevated form of the earlier round of questioning and answering, which shows the progression of Hamlet’s madness. Upon realizing that the answers to his questions went unanswered by his memory, Hamlet reflected on himself for answers. The expressive punctuation signified Hamlet’s frustration with the unresponsiveness of memories, causing him to solicit answers from

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