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HAMLET ESSAY ON ACT ONE Act one of HAMLET is an excellent introductory act Shakespeare establishes atmosphere by introducing the major characters the role of the supernatural the revenge plot the love plot and the contrast of the Fortinbras plot as well as Hamlets fiegned madness Through his unique writing style Shakespeare sets us up for the rest of the story and captures the readers attention making him want read more Shakespeare establishes the atmosphere of the play in scene I The scene takes place in Elsinore on a platform before the castle The atmosphere is one of dark battlements and nervous sentries which catches the audiences attention right away As the bell tolls twelve on a frosty night a silent ghost of the late King Hamlet apperars twice This provides one of the high points of the scene along with this Shakespeare presents the reader with information regarding the military preparations in Denmark All of this provides for a dark mysterious atmosphere where the reader is wanting to know more Shakesperare continues to establish atmosphere in scene III In this scene atmosphere of a diferent kind is created This scene is a family scene in which brotherly and fatherly advice creates an atmosphere quite different from that of the appearance of the ghost and the problems of Hamlet and his relatives This creates an atmosphere of love and betrayall whereby Ophelia is forced to obey her father Polonious and is told to be careful with Hamlet as he is a prince and will not look to marry just anyone such as herself Shakespeare continues to develop atmosphere throughout the act and uses the atmosphere to introduce some of the characters in the play Shakespeare introduces some of the major characters in the play and leaves lasting impressions of each on the reader Bernardo and Francisco are introduced in the first scene
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