The play Hamlet by William Shakespeare is about the son of the former king of Denmark, Hamlet.
Prince Hamlet comes home for his father’s funeral, there he finds about his mother marrying the former King Hamlet’s brother, Claudius, he is now the king of Denmark. One morning the guards spot a ghost of the former king Hamlet, full in armor but will not talk. The guards believe if they get his son, the ghost may be able to talk to him. Claudius tries to tell Prince Hamlet to get over his father’s death and to not go back to school yet.
Through Hamlet’s use of figurative language and imagery his state of mind is revealed to be emotional. His emotional state of mind also illuminates how he internally feels. In Hamlet’s soliloquy he uses many different types of figurative language to show how he internal feels. Shakespeare uses metaphor many times in the soliloquy, for example Hamlet stays “O, that this too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew” (Shakespeare 29). This states that he wants to melt away and disappear since he is upset about his father’s death. He also talks about self slaughter because he just wants to die and get away but it is a sin to kill yourself. Another metaphor is when he says ” tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature possess it merely” (Shakespeare 29). He compares the world that it’s rank and gross now since his mother married Claudius so fast.
Also personification is used while he talks about his mother and her “incestuous sheets” (Shakespeare 30) since she married his uncle. William Shakespeare uses imagery for the audience to see a mental picture about how Hamlet truly feels. For example, when he talks about the ” unweeded garden” (Shakespeare 29) this relates to how depressed he is and how the world has gone ugly.
Another example of imagery is when Hamlet say “why she would hang on him as if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on” (Shakespeare 29). This reveals how he feels about his mother’s betray to his father and how he doesn’t understand how she could marry so quickly. Through Hamlet’s use of figurative language and imagery his state of mind is revealed to be emotional. His emotional state of mind also illuminates how he internally feels.
Hamlet feels trapped and can not get over his father’s death. He is mad towards his mother for marrying to fast and feels betrayed.