Hamlet Blank Verse by HC12072711508

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									                Hamlet
         William Shakespeare was born in 1564 during the heart
of the English Renaissance (1500-1650). He was the epitome
of the Elizabethan renaissance man. Shakespeare was well-
educated and a prosperous businessman. He was a
shareholder and actor in a dramatic company called “The
King’s Men”. As a playwright Shakespeare adapted many of
his 37 plays, and he infused them all with his own unique wit,
language, and sensibility about characterization. As a poet,
Shakespeare merely perfected the English sonnet. Often
called “The Bard”, Shakespeare is perhaps the greatest writer
of all time and “Hamlet: Prince of Denmark” is one of his
most remarkable and nuanced works.
Hamlet
Shakespeare’s Style:

 Clever Language
 Forceful Images
   Blank Verse
      Motifs
            Hamlet
           Clever use of language:

Puns – a play on words based on the similarity
   in sound between two words having very
different meanings. Also called ‘paranomasia’

       Act III, Scene IV p. 837 line 94
             Hamlet
             Clever use of language:

  Malapropisms – a humorous misapplication of a
word, the use of a word sounding somewhat like the
 one intended but ludicrously wrong in the context

          Act V, Scene I p. 866 line 100
            Hamlet
           Clever use of language:

Conceit – A figure of speech that establishes a
  striking or far-fetched analogy between
      seemingly very dissimilar things.

       Act III, Scene III p. 831 line 15
              Hamlet
               Clever use of language:

  Irony – A feeling, tone, mood, or attitude arising
  from the awareness that what really is (reality) is
opposite from, and usually worse than, what seems to
                  be (appearance).

             Act V, Scene I p. 863 - 871
           Hamlet
              Forceful Images:

   Figurative language: simile, metaphor,
                  imagery

On virtually any page you can find a forceful
                  image…
         Hamlet
              Blank Verse:

Lines of unrhymed iambic pentameter:

              -/ -/ -/ -/ -/
Five iambs of unstressed/stressed per line
Hamlet
  Motifs:
   Ears
 Misogyny
  Incest
  Death
  Disease

								
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