Is Hamlet a coming of age story?
And despite its elements of ghosts and intrigue, the plot of the play revolves around the question of whether Hamlet can stop brooding, grow up, and avenge his father’s murder. This archetype is universal in coming-of-age novels.
How does Hamlet react to the arrival of the players?
The trumpets blow, announcing the arrival of the actors (or “players”). Hamlet tells his friends they are welcome to stay at Elsinore, but that his “uncle-father and aunt-mother” are deceived in his madness. He is mad only some of the time and at other times is sane.
What is the most famous line from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet?
“Brevity is the soul of wit.” “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” “Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him Horatio.”
Why is Hamlet upset with himself after hearing the players dramatic speech?
Why is Hamlet upset with himself after hearing the player’s dramatic speech? Hamlet is upset that the player can make himself so passionate about a mere fictional story, while Hamlet seemingly can’t muster the same passion for his real-life revenge.
What is the turning point in Hamlet?
There are three possible turning points in Hamlet: the players’ scene when Claudius’ guilt concerning the murder of King Hamlet is confirmed; the prayer scene when Hamlet forgoes the opportunity to kill Claudius; and the closet scene where Hamlet first takes action, but kills Polonius inadvertently.
What happened in Act 3 Scene 4 of Hamlet?
Polonius hides behind Gertrude’s curtain to eavesdrop, but calls out in fear after Gertrude does so. Hamlet hears him and stabs him through the curtain, killing him. The prince angrily confronts his mother, and, hearing Polonius’s calls for help, mistakes him for Claudius and stabs him through the curtain.