Ludwig-Maximili­ans­-Univers­ität München Institut für Englische Philologie Early Modern Revenge Tragedy SS 2015 Dozent: , BA, 11257192 Comic relief in Hamlet’s Act 5 Scene 1 Definition and function of comic relief Comic relief scene in Hamlet: the graveyard scene 5.1 (Scene summary and use of humour) Overall effect on the play An often recurring feature of William Shakespeare’s tragedies is the presence of at least one humorous scene in an otherwise serious play. This is called comic relief and is intended to release some of theâ€¦
What causes the tragedy in Hamlet?
English 4 (Period 1)
In the tragic play of “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, a lot of things take place, eventually leading to the final point. The cause of the tragedy is not due to only one circumstance.
But what are the causes that establish this tragic atmosphere? They are sorted into five major ones. I am going to discuss these five reasons and they will show what caused the tragedy in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”.
The first fact is the country of Denmark. Denmark, as a lot of other countries at that time, had a corrupt society where it was taught that nothing in the political society was better than the king.
Hamlet was not allowed to marry Ophelia because her rank in society was too low. Another example, is that a lot of people betrayed their friends or family. Claudius didn’t hesitate to kill his own brother to become king. He wasn’t even going to hesitate to kill his nephew, so nobody was going to know his secret.
Later Gertrude and Claudius wanted to spy on Hamlet to find out why he was insane, and sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to keep an eye on Hamlet. He didn’t believe them and could fool them both, but they still volunteered to betray a friend.
The next major cause was fate. Fate is a very important part in literature, especially in literature of Shakespeare’s time. Hamlet’s fate was to learn how to be more active and independent, and to stop behaving like a spoiled prince.
He grew up having everything and being loved by everyone, he got everything he wanted and suddenly he actually had to stand up for himself and work to get what he wanted, even if it was the revenge for his father.
Another example would be the fate of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I already mentioned that they agreed to betray their friend without hesitation. To betray your friend is an absolute outrage today and .....[read full text]