Hamlet confrontation Essay

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Make thesis statement argument – Keep simple
Keep referring to question
Less first person
Keep quotes brief

Father real ghost – Real and clear
Hard to fight shadows Everyone else is a ghost
Ignorance deception weak
Cannot divert from that cause but everyone else thinks of themselves no higher cause
An inherent tension between confrontation and resolution is revealed through characterisation in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To what extent does your interpretation align with this view?
What is the Inherent tension?
Define Confrontation and resolution
Which confrontations/lack thereof will you discuss?
Hamlet and Ophelia
Gertrude and Hamlet
Hamlet and Claudius
What confrontations do these
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Although it is passed off as a side not there is tactic behind it. She knows that because he is so emotionally distraught she must appeal to his logical nature in order subdue any confrontation that may arise. Shakespeare ties this back in scene 5 when Hamlet plans to feign madness. In scene 2 Gertrude attempts to manipulate Hamlets mind which is still lucid in order to overcome the illness of his heart. As such Hamlet, appropriately decides to feign an illness of the mind to hide the steadiness and clarity of his heart. Throughout the entire play Gertrude attempts to avoid all confrontation from Hamlet about her actions; both marrying Claudius and indeed, confrontation itself. Because of this prevention of any form of confrontation nothing can be resolved. The confrontation has been put off long enough in act 3 scene 4, where after much time to build up it comes to a head. “Hamlet, thou hast thy father much offended.” “Mother, you have my father much offended.” His repetition of his mothers words, spat back at her in disgust show the hypocrisy in her words. It is that which she cannot confront in herself that she envisions in her son. No matter how much Gertrude tries to convince Hamlet to think of Claudius as his father, Hamlet will not be swayed. She has forgotten Hamlet Sr. as she has constantly pushed him out of her mind, just like she has been pushing away her son, and thinks of only Claudius. She has been blinded and unable to confront this