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Setting in Hamlet

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Ashley Sundara

on 23 February 2016

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Transcript of Setting in Hamlet

Setting in Hamlet

Act 1 Scene 5
Act 5 Scene 1
Question #5:
can often reflect the underlying ideas in a play. In light of this statement, discuss the importance and use of setting in 2 of the plays studied.

In the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, setting is used to portray how Hamlet’s thoughts about revenge and his father’s honor evolve throughout the play.
Political environment
Claudius = King of Denmark
has just recently taken the throne instead of his brother (King Hamlet)

Act 1 Scene 5 (continued...)
Ancestral influences
ghost of Hamlet’s father, the former king of Denmark
close relationship with his father

ACT 2 Scene 2
Setting: Elsinore Castle
Time of day: Day time
"this majestical roof fretted with golden fire" (2.2.298)
"golden fire" = sun
Daytime and sunlight usually have positive conotations.
- Every man, no matter how great he is, becomes dust
Act 5 Scene 1 (continued...)
- Death and afterlife are real
“a fellow of / infinite jest, of most excellent fancy” (5.1.172-173).
“Why, / may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he / find it stopping a bung-hole” (5.1.189-191).

darkness = evil and death
connotes murder
portrays Hamlet’s plan to kill King Claudius
Time of day
night time
almost daybreak
“My hour is almost come / When I to sulph’rous and tormenting flames / Must render up myself” (1.5.4-6)

Act 1 Scene 5 (continued...)
tension, conflict, hatred
“That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain” (1.5.113).

“I have sworn’t” (1.5.117).

time period
mood or atmosphere
eras of historical importance
social/political/cultural environment
ancestral influences

show, convey, make apparent

Breakdown of Question

not obvious or directly stated; only discoverable by close analysis
themes or symbols
characters’ thoughts, feelings, motivations
Conclusion and Reflection
Act 4 Scene 4
Denmark itself; the country
“Witness this army of such mass and charge, / Led by a delicate and tender prince, / Whose spirit, with divine ambition puffed” (4.4.49-51).
Act 4 Scene 4 (continued...)
“O, from this time forth / My thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” (4.4.67-68).

Duty to defend his and his father's honor
Act 2 Scene 2 (continued)
Act 3 Scene 2
“This most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire" (2.2.29).
"firmanent" - the sky or the heavens
"majestical" and "golden" are euphonic.
"Why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours" (2.2.301-302).
"foul" - wicked or immoral
"pestilent" - deadly
Setting incorporates contrast, symbolism, and a reflection of Hamlet’s desire for revenge and regaining his father’s honor
it portrays a builds up until the very end
very end = sudden shift
shift occurs when Hamlet actually faces death -
but why this moment?
loses interest in revenge and his father’s honor
wants to fix his mistakes

The setting of the play “The Mousetrap” is in Vienna but it is a representation of Hamlet’s conflicts involving the king:
“The Mousetrap- marry, how tropically! This play is / the image of a murder done in Vienna; Gonzago is the / Duke’s name, his wife Baptista; you shall see anon. 'Tis a knavish piece of work, but what o' that? Your majesty and we that have free souls, it touches us not. Let the galled jade wince, our withers are unwrung” (3.2.229-234).
Hamlet uses this play to see if he can expose his uncle’s guilt, and have proof for upholding his father’s honor and exacting revenge
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