The Tragedy Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

749 Words Jul 17th, 2015 3 Pages
In his famous tragedy, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Shakespeare explores multiple revenge schemes against an eerie background. The play’s protagonist, Hamlet, is suffering after the death of his father and former king. Hamlet is also in agony as his uncle, Claudius, married his mother shortly after his father’s death, and is now king. Hamlet is now in emotional turmoil as he begins to see his father’s ghost, who reveals it was Claudius who murdered King Hamlet. Hamlet feigns madness and plots to avenge his father’s murder. However, Denmark is being filled with supernatural occurrences and moral dilemmas, and Hamlet struggles to accomplish his goal. The opening scene of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark sets a fitting atmosphere to the play. In act 1 scene 1, guards stand outside the castle in pitch darkness. They must call out to one another in the night, as they cannot see each other’s faces. The men began to quietly speak about a supernatural sighting that has occurred the past couple nights. A ghost, who they believe to be the ghost of the departed King Hamlet, has been seen around the castle late at night. The ghost himself appears near the men twice, but does not interact with them. The terrified men believe that this must be a bad omen for Denmark and decide to tell Prince Hamlet of the apparition. This scene sets a background of fear and uncertainty for the play. The men are unnerved by the night and the possible significance of the ghost of a…

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