Analysis Of Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1

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Hamlet Act 1 Scene 1 Analysis In the first scene of Hamlet there are many themes, some of the main ones are of uncertainty, fear, and foreboding. Then there is also the father son relationship that first come up in this first scene, and then continues to come up as a theme throughout the play. The setting begins outside the castle, in a cold, dark, and sickly atmosphere. There is immediately a sense of apprehension in the air, and the entrance of the ghost indicates that something is truly wrong in Denmark. Since the death of the beloved king Hamlet, people have been unsure of what to do. Most of them are still grieving over the old king, and no one really knows what to expect from the new one. Then there is prince Hamlet who technically should have become king after his father’s…show more content…
After seeing the ghost who looks to be the deceased king of Denmark, Horatio in particular is very scared, for he sees the ghost as a bad omen of foreboding tragedy. Horatio tries to speak to the ghost, but gets no reply. The ghost acts as if it will speak, but just then the crow crows, and the ghost goes away, leaving the group in even more fear, confusion and uncertainty. The crowing of the cock symbolizes the break of down, and according to folklore has the power to dispel evil powers so that “No fairy takes, nor witch hath power to charm”. This just gives more evidence to show that the ghost means no good. Horatio fears that out of vengeance Fortinbras may be coming to get revenge for old Hamlet’s killing of his father. In the end of this scene, Horatio decides to inform Hamlet of his fathers ghost. The relationship between Hamlet and his father later becomes very similar to Fortinbras and his father, in that they both involve

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