Analysis

Our detailed analysis of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" first deals with its title and structure. It examines where the simple title "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" derives its legitimacy and the extent to which the play contains elements of a classical drama. Time, place, and subplots are then examined.

The language is then closely examined. We examine why "Hamlet" is written in both prose and verse, and an overview of language use in general is provided. A list of the most important stylistic devices completes the linguistic analysis.

Afterwards, the main character Hamlet is the focus of attention: his monologues are also explained, which are so important for the structure of the play as structural elements. We clarify which task the monologues fulfill for Hamlet's development and how they reflect Hamlet's state of mind in the first four acts.

We analyze in depth the key scene, Act 3, Scene , which contains Hamlet's famous soliloquy "To be or not to be"; furthermore, we also examine Hamlet and Ophelia's argument, Ophelia's soliloquy, Claudius' suspicion, and Polonius' new plan. Finally, we elaborate the significance of three different important motifs: Yorick's skull, Hamlet's wardrobe change, and Ophelia's flowers. At last, we have listed and explained for you the most important "Hamlet" quotes.

Our systematic and detailed analysis forms an important basis for the interpretation of the work. 

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