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Throughout Hamlet Shakespeare does not directly disclose his characters feelings Instead Shakespeare uses various literary devices to inform the reader of the characters desires feelings and emotions Shakespeare uses literary devices such as metaphor diction metonymy and imagery to reveal Hamlets state of mind in this passage By using these literary devices Hamlets depressed and weary state of mind is easy to see Hamlet first discusses his depression with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern He describes the land of Denmark as a metaphorical prison in which he is confined Hamlet believes that Denmark is too narrow for his mind to be free and his ambitions are trapped within him like a prisoner confined in a jail Metonymy is employed when Hamlet uses the land of Denmark to represent the King All of his current thoughts are wrapped up in the King and he is bound to land of Denmark unable to leave Imagery is an important aspect in developing Hamlets emotions Hamlet speaks of the earth as a sterile promontory appearing to him as nothing but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours Even though the earth is full of golden fire he sees nothing but a barren rocky ugly world Hamlets tainted view of his surroundings depicts his innermost feelings of depression in a way which is easy for the reader to see and understand Hamlets feelings of hopelessness are exemplified with Shakespeares diction in this passage Hamlet says that he has lost all his mirth and feels there is no way out He implies this by saying that Doomsday is near This foreshadows Hamlets course of action whether that is his death or a part in the death of someone else By using literary elements such as metonymy diction imagery and metaphor Hamlets true mood is revealed After all these literary elements are analyzed Hamlets feelings can be better understood The reader learns of Hamlets deep depression with his references
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