Hamlet by Shakespeare: Ophelia and Gertrude
Hamlet by Shakespeare: Ophelia and Gertrude

Hamlet by Shakespeare: Ophelia and Gertrude

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Hamlet is the longest play on Shakespeare. It serves to elaborate the story behind powerful and influential occurrences in the English literature. They dramatize the way prince hamlet was called upon by his father’s ghost to come and wreak hell upon his uncle brother to his father named Claudius. It was an epic moment for him and his because not only did he kill his brother and ascend to the throne he also married the brother’s widow.

This story is developed by the legend called Amleth kept since the 13th century then retold subsequently in the 16th century by francois who was a scholar during those days. It is also believed that Shakespeare may also have developed this story from another play called ur-hamlet which was played those days, although this remains much of a hypothesis in the lead up to establishing the hamlet play we enjoy today.

Each version had a given set of line and scenes in its entirety that distinguished each from the other. The characterization in each play is deep structurally and more so led to a lot of scrutiny. A good example is the elongated phase where hamlet is wobbly in decision making about killing his uncle, it was basically a scheme to stretch the action and also bring out the suspense in the audience. Many other individual also had varying views about this phase , some saying that it was an adaptation to depict the complexity of both ethical and philosophical surrounding the topic of cold blood murder not just for anyone else but for a very close family member (

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his uncle).

In the recent years psychoanalytic critical of his play have been examining his insentient desire with the women role while female critics have been trying to assimilate the habitually maligned characters in Ophelia and Gertrude. We look at the Elsinore scene. This is where Bernardo and Horacio engage about the ghost of hamlet father and now the present king Claudious.

Other performing artist for this scene are Marcellus and Fransisco. This is a very important or significant phase in the lives of these personalities. This were the members of staff for the previous king, now they stand between a rock and a hard place . this is illustrated by the response Bernardo and Horacio give when they are invited inside by Fransisco “HORATIO
Friends to this ground”.

The two individuals try to identify with the new regime which they have 100% information on how it took power, they are also very well informed of the undertakings of their current boss who until recently was a friend of the palace. Much to their surprise he had other motive s hidden under the lively look and expression he always gave. Francisco and Bernardo are guards and at this time they are shifting job positions for one to get rest and come later to replace the other for him as well to get rest.

Horacio has flashbacks of how they king used to be, trying to relate with the current situation whereby it’s horrifying “it harrows me with fear and wonder”. These servants are like being tormented by the Ghost o

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their previous master and now their hands are tired not knowing what specifically to expect. In King Claudius they see a total stranger away from the lively brother to their master they use to know. Marcellus feels offended about all this happenings that have taken place in a very short period of time. Bernardo seems to be talking to the space (its the masters Ghost) “See, it stalks away!”.

They miss their master!! They talk about his image that he had all through when he was alive, the pride that when you associated with the king. They were very fond of him and they regret why such a tragedy would happen to him in such an inhuman way. Bernardo even goes ahed ato describe him as portentous figure.

It’s already morning and the cock crows, everyone has to run back to his post or else the get caught and punished. This kind of conversations that take place during the night when no one else is around shows the deep fear that exist between the workers of the new master. It is not a good mood around the palace, its more so on somber mood that engulfed the place. The all wish this could change or rather go to the way they were but it won’t happen!!

They have to start believing and practicing to serve the new master and also be ready to engage him just as they did to their own master. It is tough, hard very un-expected but believing is doing and practicing is perfecting! All hope is that one day justice will be served and the family affected will once again feel at home and comfortable knowing that though their father’ head’ is gone life has to go on. They look upon prince hamlet that one day he would take over what rightfully belongs to him and use it for the advantage of the masses and more love to be shared. All this hope and courage is illustrated in the last statement by Marcellus.

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