Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Summary

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Title: “Hamlet” Author: Shakespeare Summary: Act I, scene i In Elsinore Castle located in Denmark, Bernardo comes to take over for Francisco who is the watchman. They can’t see each other due to the darkness. Francisco prepares to leave, thanking Bernardo. Marcellus then comes to Bernardo who is another watchman and Prince Hamlet’s friend Horatio is there as well. Both Bernardo and Marcellus both want Horatio to stay because they want to show him something. They tell him softly that they have seen the ghost of the late Kind Hamlet for the past two night. Horatio doesn’t really believe them, however, then the ghost shows up then disappears. Horatio is scared and notices that the ghost did look the late King Hamlet dressed in armor. Horatio believes that the ghost is trying to bring a warning of a misfortune. The ghost comes and Horatio tries to talk to it. The ghost does not reply and disappears at the crow cocks at the sight of dawn. Horatio says that they should inform Prince Hamlet about this incidence, he thinks that the ghost may speak to his son. Analysis: Shakespeare uses imagery very vividly. He describes the scene and the surroundings of the how late at night this encounter is. When Horatio says “bodes some strange eruption to our state” it is imagery to portray the actual ground opening with ghost coming from a grave, which is very vivid and clearly seen. Shakespeare also uses a lot of metaphors. When Marcellus states, “the night is joint-laborer with the day”
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