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Hamlet: The Impossibility of Certainty

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Sophia Calhoun

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet: The Impossibility of Certainty

Text Example 2: Act III, Scene I Text Example 1: HAMLET The Impossibility of Certainty Text Example 3: Text Example 4: Act IV/V, Scenes VII/I Text Example 5: Act V, Scene I Hamlet Themes Project Act I, Scene I: In this scene, Bernardo and Marcellus are outside of Elsinore Castle in Denmark discussing the ghost that they have seen and believe to be the ghost of the deceased King. They wish to show the ghost to Horatio who is there with them though he is skeptical. When the ghost appears to Horatio he is shocked by the resemblance to King Hamlet. But can he be sure?... Sophia Calhoun Ophelia: "Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so."
Hamlet: "You should not have believed me, for virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it. I loved you not."
Ophelia: "I was the more deceived."
In this part of the scene, Hamlet is talking with Ophelia as she is wishing to return his tokens of love to him. He then tells Ophelia that she was wrong and that he had never loved her, which leaves the audience guessing again. In these two scenes Hamlet is putting his plan of revenge against his uncle....or attempting to. During the play in the castle (scene ii) Hamlet makes comments specifically to test Claudius' conscience to search for signs of guilt. Sure enough, becoming overwhelmed when seeing an actor beginning to poison another, Claudius flees from the play and Hamlet has the evidence he needs to justify his revenge.
Later on in the castle (scene iii) Hamlet readies to kill Claudius when he overhears him confessing his sins. Convinced that if he kills his uncle now, he will only be rewarded a pass into heaven, Hamlet decides to wait. Will he ever seek revenge? Act III, Scenes II/III In this grave part of the play many things are occurring at once. In the midst of it all, it is announced that Ophelia has drowned in the river. Where the theme ties in here is in Act V, when digging Ophelia's grave two gravediggers discuss whether or not it is proper to bury Ophelia in a churchyard because her death appears to be a suicide. Could this be true? Could Ophelia, overcome with grief, have taken her life? Hamlet: "I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?" This is said by Hamlet as Ophelia is being buried. Laertes becomes furious with the priest duringthe ceremony and jumps into Ophelia's grave to hold her, seeing this and realizing the deceased is in fact Ophelia, Hamlet jumps into the grave as well. He then argues with Laertes and professes his intense love for Ophelia and his anguish over her death. So, Hamlet did love her? " To be or not to be?"
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