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Act 3 Scene 2- Hamlet

Soliloquy Analysis
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Dana Mangente

on 23 May 2013

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Transcript of Act 3 Scene 2- Hamlet

How does the symbolic code affect the presentation of the speech? 3 Elements that create the symbolic code: Literary Devices/Figurative Language and Types of Imagery Simile What is Hamlet discussing in this speech? -Hamlet is discussing his plan regarding how he's going to talk to his mother
-Hamlet will talk to his mother and and hurt her verbally and mentally but won't hurt her
-Hamlet feels like his plan is in action because prior to the soliloquy he gets the reaction he wanted from the King after watching the play.
-in the end, he still admits that his words won't reveal his inner and true thoughts when he says "my tongue and soul be hypocrites" (3.2. 381). How does this contribute to major themes? Camera Angles In the beginning, there is a medium long shot focused on Hamlet. As his soliloquy progresses, and the audience gets deeper and deeper into his soliloquy, the camera slightly moves closer towards him, bringing out his emotion which is very calm as he reveals to the audience the way he plans to approach his mother and his feelings regarding King Hamlet's death. This reveals Hamlet's intelligence because it shows that he thinks ahead, giving him an advantage. Soliloquy Analysis Hamlet Act 3 Scene 2 What and how are aspects of his character revealed? Character Development Dramatic Purposes of the Speech? The primary purpose of this soliloquy is to develop the plot and give the audience information of the upcoming events of which Hamlet plans on happening. The primary purpose is plot development but as well as character development and creation of suspense. Advance the Plot/Plot Development -focuses on the upcoming conversation between Hamlet and his mother and how he wants to play it out -Hamlet wants to treat her harshly, and to hurt her mentally but not physically "I will speak daggers to her, but use none" (3.2. 380) Character
Development -Hamlet's confidence is boosted since he got the reaction he planned for from the King -since Hamlet is convinced of the King's guilt, he now wants to talk to his mother when in the play he constantly is very short in conversation with her. His eagerness and readiness shows he is ready to carry out his revenge Creation of Suspense/Foreshadowing -gives audience a bad idea of what's about to come "'tis now a very witching time of night... contagion to this world" (3.2.372). -foreshadowing as to what Hamlet might do to his mother as a reference to Nero "Let not ever the soul of Nero enter this firm bosom" (3.2.367) As an audience, we don't know whether or not Hamlet may do the same thing that Nero did which creates suspense. The themes that are most prevalent in this soliloquy are Appearance vs. Reality and Revenge.
Appearance vs. Reality is prevalent when in the way in which Hamlet tells the audience that what he will tell people and speak won't reveal his inner thoughts. "My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites" (3.2.381).
Revenge is evident in the way that Hamlet looks as though he is finally taking to action the task his father has put upon him. Hamlet is going to fulfill his task and now feels confident to do so. Narrative: the speech is told by Hamlet on stage by himself as a soliloquy. The fact that he is alone reveals information (Hamlet's inner thoughts/feelings) to the audience that the characters in the story don't already know. As the audience, we know how Hamlet plan for how he is going to approach his mother and how he describes his feelings towards avenging his father's death. Montage: this soliloquy doesn't use montage because it uses a continuous shot throughout the entire speech. The camera gradually zooms in closer to Hamlet's face. We see a drastic change in the way Hamlet encounters with people. He is starting to become bitter and have less Apathy for others, which is understood by the audience due to the fact that everyone he once trusted cannot be trusted any longer. Appearance vs. Reality Hamlet's character shows this aspect because as he is going to speak with his mother, his words and how he actually feels will be at odds. For example, "my tongue and soul in this be hypocrites" (3.2.381)
This means that once again he is still hiding how he really feels but not as much as he did before. Hamlet uses a simile to compare the things that he wants to say to his mother to a dagger. For example "I will speak daggers to her but use none" (3.2.380).
Even though he is not physically using that dagger to harm his mother, his words act as a substitution to indirectly harm her in some form. He declares to treat Gertrude harshly, however refrains from actually harming her. Nemesis/Karma "Let me be cruel, not unnatural" (3.2.379-380). Hamlet is proving the audience with the nemesis device because this is a way for Hamlet to get that revenge element against his mother. In result of Gertrude remarrying so quickly, Hamlet uses this to justify his actions for treating her bad. Foreboding "How in my words somever she be shent, to give them seals never my soul consent" (3.2.383-384)
Hamlet knows from advance what he will tell his mother is not going to be approving, however he feels that his mother's disapproval is not worth giving them any sort of confirmation on what is actually going on. Imagery The fact that Shakespeare continuously uses the dagger as a motif gives the audience a sense of blood imagery, demonstrating that Hamlet is now longing for the pain in others due to the pain everyone has caused him. (with the exception of Horatio) Another type of imagery used in this soliloquy in nighttime imagery from "witching time of night" to "churchyards open" giving the audience a sense of darkness that is the nighttime and what goes on during it. Character: Hamlet is dressed in black, as he was throughout the majority of the play. This is because Hamlet is still mourning his father's death. This creates a sense of pity for Hamlet and helps create the symbolic code The shot slowly progresses to a medium shot where we only see Hamlet's upper body. Hamlet has minimal hand gestures throughout this soliloquy. This shot continues to the end of his soliloquy, as it transitions to the next scene. A soft focus is also established in the shot, creating a sharpness in the image towards the middle bringing an emphasis toward the middle, or Hamlet. Objects around the edges of the screen, such as the candles, and the chairs are slightly blurred out to bring the audience's focus towards the center of attention, Hamlet. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
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