Essays On Imagery In Hamlet

He says her choice was unwise, and compares her injudicious selection to one chosen by “eyes without feeling, feeling without sight,/ears without hands or eyes,/ smelling sans all,” (Shakespeare, III, iv, 80-83).

Shakespeare uses this choice of words to express Claudius’s manner of how he slithered to the king and killed him.

This gives an image of a methodical creature that who hung in the shadows in wait of his prey.

The reader is aware of his distress, as Laertes cries, “O heat,dry up my brains!

Tears seven times salt,/ burn out the sense and virtue of mine eye! Shakespeare creatively mentions the salted tears of which Laertes feels could burn his eyes out, allowing the reader to enter the piece and connect with Laertes’ anguish and sorrow as he witnesses Ophilia’s madness.

Hamlet describes his mother’s new obsession: “she would hang on him/ as if increase of appetite had grown/ by what it fed on,” (Shakespeare, I, ii, 143-145).

Shakespeare uses imagery to emphasize the importance of the theme of betrayal, rather than simply mentioning that Hamlet feels betrayed.Whether it is Hamlet who imagines death to be but a sleep possibly full of disturbing and never-ending nightmares, or Gertrude and Laertes who distinctly describe their misery with images which illustrate the madness of Hamlet and Ophilia, Shakespeare never fails to provide the reader with a profusion of rhetoric, namely a cornucopia of imagery to exemplify the themes of betrayal and madness rich in significance throughout his play.Such descriptive language evokes sensory experience, enabling the reader to enter Shakespeare’s and recognize these essential themes.Throughout the passage, Shakespeare uses diction and imagery to help readers understand and connect with the ghost and Hamlet’s feelings of “contempt” towards the new King Claudius and Queen Gertrude. He tells that everyone was told that he was “stung” by a snake and that was the cause of his death yet that this was a lie and he says that “The serpent that did sting they father’s life now wears his crown (lines 9-10).” In this quote, the ghost has told Hamlet that the snake was really his uncle and that the truth was covered up.In lines 15 -16, the ghost talks of Claudius and how he seduced the queen.He uses words like “witchcraft”, “traitorous”, and “wicked, to describe Claudius.The ghost was angry that Claudius had the nerve to violate his trust and what he held most sacred and close to his heart, his life and queen.Hamlet began realizing that his uncle was just what he had imagined, untrustworthy and evil.The reader is aware of Hamlet’s disapproval to his mother’s hasty wedding as of his first soliloquy early on in the play.Shakespeare uses much imagery to describe Hamlet’s sadness and suicidal thoughts, as he feels his mother has betrayed “so excellent a king” (Shakespeare, I, ii, 139).


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