Hamlet. The Dramatic Purpose of a Scene Yusuf, Claire and Khadra. Act 1: Scene 4 Demonstrate contrast. Point In this scene, Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus waited for the ghost at midnight. The dark and mysterious scene made a contrast to the grand setting in scene two and scene three.
The Dramatic Purpose of a Scene
Yusuf, Claire and Khadra
In this scene, Hamlet, Horatio and Marcellus waited for the ghost at midnight. The dark and mysterious scene made a contrast to the grand setting in scene two and scene three.
Also, the quiet and dark place Hamlet is staying in this scene contradicts the noise made by Claudius during his celebration.
“The air bites shrewdly. It is very cold.”
“It is a nipping and an eager air.”
“What hour now?”
“I think it lacks of twelve.”
“No, it is struck.”
“Indeed? I heard it not. It then draws near the season. Wherein the spirit held his wont to talk.”
A flourish of trumpets and two pieces of ordnance goes off.
“What does it mean, my lord?”
“The king doth wake tonight and take his rouse, Keeps wassail and the swaggering upspring reels, And, as he drains his draughts of Rhenish down, The kettle-drum and trumpet thus bray out the triumph of his pledge”
In this scene Hamlet, Horatio, and Marcellus wait for the Ghost a little past midnight. They are on the platform where soldiers keep watch, and below them they can hear the trumpets and cannon at the King's drinking party. Horatio asks if it is "a custom" to drink so much and make so much noise. Hamlet replies that it is, but one that he wishes the Danes would drop. It makes "other nations" call the Danes drunkards and it detracts all the other noble and good things that the Danes are known for.
“They clepe us drunkards, and with swinish phrase Soil our addition; and indeed it takes From our achievements, though perform'd at height, The pith and marrow of our attribute. So, oft it chances in particular men, That for some vicious mole of nature in them, As, in their birth--wherein they are not guilty, Since nature cannot choose his origin-- By the o'ergrowth of some complexion, Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, Or by some habit that too much o'er-leavens The form of plausive manners, that these men, Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, Being nature's livery, or fortune's star,-- Their virtues else--be they as pure as grace, As infinite as man may undergo-- Shall in the general censure take corruption From that particular fault: the dram of eale Doth all the noble substance of a doubt To his own scandal.”
In this scene, the main plot of this scene is that Horatio and Marcellus want to show Hamlet the Ghost that they say took the form of Hamlet’s recently dead father. Hamlet is determined to speak to this Ghost, no matter what it takes. Horatio and Marcellus try to stop him from when it motions Hamlet to follow it, but Hamlet is persistent and decides not to hold back.
Look, with what courteous action It waves you to a more removed ground: But do not go with it.
HAMLET It will not speak; then I will follow it. HORATIO Do not, my lord. HAMLET
Why, what should be the fear? I do not set my life in a pin's fee; And for my soul, what can it do to that, Being a thing immortal as itself? It waves me forth again: I'll follow it.
You shall not go, my lord. HAMLETHold off your hands. HORATIO
Be ruled; you shall not go. HAMLET My fate cries out, And makes each petty artery in this body As hardy as the Nemean lion's nerve. Still am I call'd. Unhand me, gentlemen. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me! I say, away! Go on; I'll follow thee.