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Since the beginning of literature writers have been influenced by theirsurroundings Hamlet a play by William Shakespeare is written in thelate 1500s and first performed in 1601 The target audience as well ascurrent events of the time influences the plays characters andsituations Many aspects of this play are that way because of the targetaudience At this time there are many expectations on men do bedominant and brave as well as outside influences on society such as theNine Years War During this soliloquy Hamlet is referring to Norwegian soldiers as theyprepare to attack Poland The war in the play is one of pride thereason for the conflict being a small piece of land The Nine Years Wartook place throughout the time that Shakespeare wrote this play The warin the play is relevant to Shakespeares target audience because of thewar taking place at that time The war breaks out in 1594 the GaelicIrish against English rule in Ireland and it does not end until 1603 Inmodern day if one was asked what events took place in the 1590s mostlikely one would not have an answer This is evidence that Shakespeareused the war to target his audience as it was a current event at thetime Men in the late 16th century are expected to make the decisions in thefamily Their wives and children are subservient to them and the menmust protect and provide for their family by taking action In thisspeech Shakespeare is targeting the audience by drawing on the idealsand beliefs of the society In his soliloquy Hamlet sees Fortinbrasactions as an example for how he should act He says Led by this armyof such mass and charge Led by a delicate and tender Prince to allthat fortune death and danger dare Even for an eggshell IV iv47-53 Through seeing Fortinbras strength Hamlet has an epiphany Heset out to get revenge on his fathers death and by witnessingFortinbras determination he realizes that he is failing
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