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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 welleducated 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 .

837 line 94 . Scene IV p.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 I p. 866 line 100 .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 III p. Act III.Hamlet Clever use of language: Conceit – A figure of speech that establishes a striking or far-fetched analogy between seemingly very dissimilar things. 831 line 15 .

or attitude arising from the awareness that what really is (reality) is opposite from.871 . what seems to be (appearance). and usually worse than.Hamlet Clever use of language: Irony – A feeling. Act V. tone. 863 . mood. Scene I p.

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 .