In class, we read an excerpt from the play Hamlet. After reading the excerpt, the class got a task. Here is how i resolved it :
What is the mood?
The mood in this scene seems a bit tense. I don’t know the relationship between the characters here, but it seems like they know each other. Even though they seem to know each other i would not particularly call them «friends». When the ghost appears the mood changes from a tense one to a more ominous and fearful mood. The characters start to fear and wonder who this ghost that suddenly appeared in front of them really is.
How does Shakespeare establish the mood?
The way shakespeare uses the genre and the plot but also the tone like it is his own little playground makes a big impact on the mood. Suddenly it isn’t just a normal text you read in a textbook, but a story with interesting characters and plot.
Why do you think Barnardo challenges Francisco?
I didn’t even realize that Barnardo challenged Francisco in the story, as the way it is written is confusing. So i have no clue of why he did that, but if i have to guess some things i bet they aren’t really keen on each other. What i am saying is that i don’t really think they are friends and don’t really like each other by the way Barnardo challenges Francisco.
In shakespeare’s time the play would have to be staged in broad daylight. Find words and phrases that Shakespeare uses to create the impression of night and darkness.
- Barnardo : ‘Tis now struck twelve, get thee to bed Francisco.
- Barnardo : Well, good night.
- Marcellus : What, has this thing appeared again tonight?
- Marcellus : With us to watch the minutes of this night,
- Barnardo : What we two nights have seen.
- Horatio : What art thou that usurp’st this time of night,