This passage of Hamlet appears near the beginning of the play. Hamlet`s short speech occurs shortly after the appearance of a ghost apparatus presenting itself as Hamlet Sr. An emotion-filled Hamlet begins to ensue a series of comments addressing the ghost and it`s reason behind presenting himself. This exchange of words to his father represent an aspect of Shakespeare`s idea towards death. Hamlet`s lines in the passage reflect Shakespeare`s belief which alludes that mankind does not understand death through his incognizance, questions, and misjudgment. The incognizance displayed by Hamlet surrounding the subject of his father`s ghost is evidence of Shakespeare`s idea.
His surroundings are conducive to the situation he finds himself in. The word "chamber" itself implies a cold, rigid feel, like the narrator has shut himself away from everything in order to be alone to brood and torture himself. The words "ghost" and "dying ember" give the reader a feeling of discomfort, like something is not quite right with the situation. The narrator opens the chamber door into darkness, deep darkness, and silence. He stands there, fearing what is before him, "dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before" (732).
Macbeth also uses a cold tone that is conveyed when he says “ She should have died hereafter.”(V, 5 ,17) This allows the audience to see how disconnected Macbeth is because Macbeth feels that everyone is similar and life is now just pulling him along until his fatal fall. Macbeth feels like he will now run out of time just like Lady Macbeth. Finally, Shakespeare uses depressing diction such as “petty”(V, 5, 20), “fools”(V, 5, 22) and “dusty.”(V, 5, 23) This shows how low Macbeth views life and people as a whole. Macbeth feels angry that he will die with disappointment of how his life ended, unfulfilled. Shakespeare uses depressing diction to have the audience feel the dragging pace of macbeth’s downfall and creating a depressing part of his
The visit from the three spirits changes Scrooge, each having their own particular brand of doing so. The first ghost started his particular method of changing Scrooge. He softened him by showing him his own past at first, the ones in particular that brought out the emotions he had shoved into the deepest darkest pit of his black heart. The enlightening spirit showed him on page 34 “At one of these a lonely boy was reading near a feeble fire: and Scrooge sat down upon a form, and wept to see his poor forgotten self as he had used to be.”, as he continued watching the past he was able to relive the happy memories he had chosen to forget.
Death, and what comes after it, has fascinated human for as long as we have been able to conceptualize it. Fear and curiosity drove a ceaseless search for the ultimate unknown: the afterlife. Tied to this obsession with mortality is the concept of causing death, either someone else’s or your own. William Shakespeare focuses on the ideas and taboo nature that surround death, specifically suicide, in his play Hamlet. Through Hamlet’s soliloquies, the events surrounding Ophelia’s demise, and the truly tragic ending of the play, Shakespeare shows the conflict between the preoccupation with death and the possible relief it could provide and the religious, moral, and other possible drawbacks that concern the act of ending a life.
Sleepy Hollow, the mystifying town haunted by a headless horseman, is the new home of schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. The town is an “[...] ideal [locale] for entrapping and holding that which can undo a mind like [Ichabod’s]” (Anderson 1). Sleepy Hollow is able to undo Ichabod’s mind because he believes in supernatural tales, including Cotton Mather’s “History of New England Witchcraft” (Irving 3). The locals even believe that the town is “bewitched” (Irving 1). Ichabod’s tendency to believe the ghost stories surrounding Sleepy Hollow allows readers to view the setting as a seemingly evil place.
Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a bleak tragedy, with its plot revolving around grief, greed, betrayal, injustice, corruption of the State, madness and death. Moments of comic relief in the play are rare, but in Act V Scene I, also known as ‘The Gravedigger scene,’ two Gravediggers provide a comedic, sharp social commentary as they dig a grave for the deceased Ophelia. In our IB performance, a classmate and I acted the first half of Act V Scene I. In this scene, I played the role of the First Gravedigger, while my classmate alternated between the Second Gravedigger and, later in the scene, Hamlet. Our performance objective was to provide the audience with comic relief, a break from dramatic tension, respite from the play’s grim events, and to provide
Dimmesdale is a hypocritical reverend that does not confess his sin, and Chillingworth who is the knowledgeable physician, does not treat his patient. As a result of his actions, the Clergyman’s health rapidly declined until the end where he was brought to the scaffold to ,“die this death of triumphant ignominy before the people!”(Hawthorne 383). This may seem like a strange story now but when studied and compared to the writing era it originated from, all aspects of Romanticism fit. Each main character in the story has their own unique personality full of conflicting thoughts and complex emotions. Every time Dimmesdale clenched his chest in pain or wallowed in self-pity, he did not feel only one thing, but felt several.
In stanza 12, line 5, the poem reads: "...this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore." shows his loneliness and he can feel the presents of a ghost of the dead. The writing tells you that the writer was in a sad, dark, place, even depressed just wanting Lenore to be there with him.'. The setting takes place in the chamber, probably the library or study room of his rich uncle with lost of books around him sitting there reading books trying to get his mind of Lenore when he falls asleep. It is a cold, gloomy, winter day in December which makes the narrator even more lonely and depressed because December is cold, dreary, and the end of a long year.
The cruel, bizarre, and unethical behaviors exhibited by Hamlet and his family stem from the severe depravity of mind from which they all suffer. Hamlet’s lack of moral character is illustrated in many different cases. For example, when Hamlet was writing in his journal after he is visited by the Ghost of his father, he wrote, “So Uncle, there you are. Now it is time to deal with the vow I made me to my father” (Act I Scene 3, 110). Hamlet, driven mad by grief, vowed to the Ghost that he would have revenge for his father’s murder, a clear example of his loss of moral conduct and his being overtaken by evil.