Hendiadys. (-As cool as anaphora?). What is hendiadys?. hen-di'-a-dis Greek: hen , "one" dia , "through" dis , "two“ “One by means of two“ Definition: Expressing a single idea by two nouns instead of a noun and its qualifier. A method of amplification that adds force.
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(-As cool as anaphora?)
Through hendiadys, adjectives are accentuated by being transformed into nouns. Through separation, the modifier gains potency.
Hamlet is the play most marked by the use of hendiadys (66 instances according to Wright).
Why? George T. Wright hypothesizes: "hendiadys is most congenial to Shakespeare's purposes in those plays that explore the problematical depths of thought and feeling, as opposed to those that survey, from a perspective less intensely or less personally involved, the spectacle of erring human behavior" (173).
Find examples of hendiadys within Hamlet and explore the larger impact of doubles in the play. How important to the play do you think the idea of doubling is? What does it add to the drama?
(For example, consider the extent to which we see characters in doubles: Voltemand and Cornelius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Laertes and Ophelia, Gertrude and Claudius. Apart from Horatio, Hamlet is a figure of profound isolation highlighted by his soliloquies).