Claudius is a mere stage villain.
Not much else happens except for the Polonius-Ophelia complications.
Hamlet then is a tragedy of youth and unfulfilled potential. Younger than Macbeth, Othello and Lear, the Prince's life is in the future, especially since to him the time is "out of joint" in the present. But the macrocosm to him is very old and very much a mystery and quite corrupt; therein lies the irony I will discuss.
In the Renaissance, the mystery surely must have been much more acute. Only in our own century has science and technology attempted to "catch the conscience" of the universe by predicting what will happen next. When Shakespeare lived, Galileo, Sacred Scripture, and fate and fortune were contending for metaphysical and scientific primacy.
Hamlet must be considered in light of the ghost question. If the ghost is Astral, into what kind of macrocosm in Hamlet born? Life is, in fact, a battle Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting but rare, goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense is small, and man- kind generally unhappy.
But the world as it stands is not illusion Horror is the reality of a murdered father and unfaithful mother, events interpreted for him by a malevolent spirit. Although Hamlet may wish to escape his destiny, his time is "out of joint" and he cannot.
The irony to which this study has referred is occasioned by a malevolent ghost, and its explication defines the play's meaning.
To proceed will require a modification of Bradley' s structure as explained in Chapter I. Dramatically, Hamlet's resolve A to avenge his father's death mandates the Prince's ascending to Act III; therefore Claudius B appears to ascend until the play's final moments of bloody terror.
Now Hamlet, influenced by a malevolent ghost, descends to Act III Band thereafter ascends contrary to the ghost's intent. Shakespeare teases with hints of the irony to come.
Horatio's, If there be any good thine to be done That may to thee do ease, and grace to me Speak to me I,i, is ironic not because he articulates the conventions of Elizabethan demonology, but since no good thing is to be done either for the ghost or at its bidding.
Marcellus' admonition can hardly be the reason the ghost vanishes. It cares nothing for him or Horatio; it wants Hamlet's soul. Likewise Hamlet's caustic replies to Gertrude and Claudius I,ii will only appear to be nullified by the ghost. Prior to the ghost meeting Hamlet, Shakespeare intensifies the irony by employing a time motif in the first soliloquy: But two months dead-nay, not so much, not two O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason Would have mourn'd longer Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married-0 most wicked speed!
To post With such dexterity to incestuous sheets! It is not, nor it cannot come to good. I,ii, Later in the play, the interlace appears when Hamlet, prior to the "mousetrap," tells Ophelia: For look you how cheerfully my Mother looks and my father died within two hours Ophelia: Nay, 'tis twice two months, my lord.
III,ii, Time for Hamlet means Gertrude's and Ophelia's morals, and the more he remembers, the more intense his loathing becomes. He envisions a dialectic between time and evil forebodings, and the ghost is only to happy to provide a synthesis, a task made so difficult by Hamlet's formidable intellect, and here the irony intensifies.
By appealing to Hamlet's sense of purpose, the ghost knows exactly how to ensnare. I have presented a case for private revenge rather than public.
If accepted, then so executing it negates God's mandate. Worse still, Hamlet is ordered by the ghost to prioritize: If Shakespeare had been any less, Hamlet might well have fulfilled the command, killing Claudius.
Yet, we must realize that Hamlet's dramatic ascent A is mitigated by an acquired love melancholy.Polonius’s plot is comparable to Hamlet’s plan to catch Claudius’s conscience by watching how his outward appearance betrays his inner secrets during his play within a play, since both Polonius and Hamlet assert that inner states can be understood by observing outward signs.
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