Friday, July 19, 2019
Use of Conventions in Literary Works Such as Shakespeares Hamlet :: Props Hamlet Tragic Tragedy Analysis
Conventions are commonly known as a customary feature of a literary work such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy or an explicit moral in a fable. They are found in stories, plays, essays, poetry, and movies. Conventions are found frequently in ShakespeareÃ¢â¬â¢s Hamlet, Taming of the Shrew, and Othello. They are also detected in D. H. LawrenceÃ¢â¬â¢s The Horse DealerÃ¢â¬â¢s Daughter and The Rocking Horse Winner, and lastly in Henrik IbsenÃ¢â¬â¢s A Doll House. These literary devices all grasp the same conventional concept. The use of a prop in a literary work is a perfect example of a conventionÃ¢â¬âeach prop is used to show a significant idea in its respective literary work. William Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet. He was recognized in much of the world as the greatest of all dramatists. In Hamlet, Shakespeare provides the first prop as letters. Ophelia proclaims, Ã¢â¬Å"My lord, I have remembrances of yours, That I have longed long to redeliver; I pray you, now receive themÃ¢â¬ (III.I.93-95). In this citation, Ophelia gives Hamlet the letters (Ã¢â¬Å"themÃ¢â¬ ) of poetry he has written to her. With this action, she manages to devalue Hamlet, bring forth a feeling of worthlessness and unimportance. Another significant prop in Hamlet is the fencing sword. Fencing was a common, competitive and recreational sport practiced in the Middle Ages. The sword was usually tipped with foil to prevent injury. In act V, Hamlet and Leartes engage in a game of fencing. Leartes deceives Hamlet and Ã¢â¬Å"unbatesÃ¢â¬ his sword. The unbated sword is soaked in poison and the opponents bleed on both sides (V.II.271-273). This occurrence signifies the revenge each son is instilled with. Hamlet is mislead by his long-lived acquaintance. Deception and revenge brought him to his final resting place Also in act V, Hamlet and Horatio watch two clowns while they dig a grave. While the clowns dig, they come across a skull. Hamlet pronounces, Ã¢â¬Å"This might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now oÃ¢â¬â¢er reaches; one that would circumvent God, might it not?Ã¢â¬ (V.I.66-67). This skull resembled HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s jester who has passed away over 20 years ago. The skull represented the dead smell in Denmark. This is a turning point in the drama. Everything around Hamlet was falling; first his father, the incest of marriage, and his fair Ophelia. The props so far have lead up to the dramatic end of the play.