Hamlet Style Analysis

Kristin Hodges - 1st - Neal

King Hamlets Point of View

King Hamlet doesn't think twice that Claudius is the reason for his passing. Claudius unrightfully robbed Hamlet from the thrown by marrying the queen who was lured into his seduction without time to pass. Hamlet is thrashed on letting his mother suffer with her sins and letting time due its damage to her conscious. The ghost of King Hamlet is frustrated through his sins that were not fixed while living and wants revenge on his careless trader of a brother.

Diction

"Ay, that incestuous, that adulterate beast,

With witchcraft of his wit, with traitorous gifts"


-King Hamlet is sickened that his wife was brainwashed through the convincing words of Claudius and that he is gifted with the power of persuasion.

Imagery

"Sleeping within my orchard,

My custom always of the afternoon,

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole

With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial,

And in the porches of my ears did pour

The leperous distilment, whose effect

Holds such an enmity with blood of man

That swift as quicksilver it courses through

The natural gates and alleys of the body

And with a sudden vigor doth posset

And curd, like eager droppings into milk...."


-King Hamlets Description gives off the sense of matter and how disgusted he is with the whole situation of being killed. metaphors, similes and details help the audience understand how King Hamlet is feeling and also gives off emotions towards Prince Hamlet and how he now feels about Claudius.

Tone

"Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother’s hand

Of life, of crown, of queen at once dispatched,

Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin..."


-King Hamlet is so disappointed and upset with his brother, the symbolism and metaphors help put that across and reach out to the audience for sympathy.

Irony

"O wicked wit and gifts, that have the power

So to seduce!—won to his shameful lust

The will of my most seeming-virtuous queen."


-King Hamlet states the Queen "WON to his SHAMEFUL LUST" the sarcasm and irony affect the audiences feelings towards Claudius and humors King Hamlet giving him a more favorable side to stand on.

Claudius Point Of View

The power of a conscious starts to control Claudius and his actions with time. Claudius starts to come to terms with the fact he stole the crown and sooner or later everyone will find out about the crimes he had committed and the lies he had spoke.

Diction

"Pray can I not.

Though inclination be as sharp as will,

My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,

And, like a man to double business bound,

I stand in pause where I shall first begin,

And both neglect."


-Claudius extensive word choice gives the audience more details to how he's feeling about his situation and where he stands with his conscious.

Imagery

"Bow, stubborn knees, and, heart with strings of steel,

Be soft as sinews of the newborn babe.

All may be well."


-Claudius describes how heavy his heart is turning knowing what he he did was wrong and that the details of the imagery help the audience understand that.

Tone

"O limèd soul that, struggling to be free,

Art more engaged! Help, angels. Make assay."


-The tone throughout the text describes how stressed claudius turns out to be with the fault of his sins, he seems so disoriented and confused with his begging prayers and unsure remarks.

Irony

"In the corrupted currents of this world

Offense’s gilded hand may shove by justice,

And oft ’tis seen the wicked prize itself

Buys out the law"


-Claudius wants forgiveness and the pressure of his crime to no longer be a burden but yet he's still thinking of ways o rule and control the kingdom by not giving up the crown or Gertrude.