Sunday, November 11, 2012
Personal Reaction Act 4, Abbie Clark
After reading Act four, I literally was speachless; my mind was blown. In this one Act alone there was more entertainment than half the crap that is on TV nowadays. I mean for starters, Claudius is plotting Hamlet's murder behind Gertrude's back. First by demanding that the King of England have Hamlet killed (What a Schmuck, he can't even do his own dirty work) and then later plotting Hamlet's murder with Laertes in order to make it look like an accident. At this point Claudius says something really ironic to Laertes, when plotting ways for Laertes to avenge his father's death he says " Revenge should have no limits." .... Um if that were the case you would be long gone Claudius. Hamlet had the perfect chance to kill him yet he didn't because he was in the midst of repenting his sins to God. Hamlet is three times the man of Claudius and I fervently hope that Claudius and Laertes plan does not suceed. Okay, moving on, Hamlet leaves only to write a letter to Horatio exclaiming that he has been taken prisoners by pirates. Like really, that's so random but I guess Shakespeare must've wanted to mix things up because after that, things get even crazier. Gertrude interupts Claudius and Laertes plots of murder when she simply comes in and tells Laertes that Ophelia is dead; that she drowned. What is even more shocking is the short amount of sentences that even discussed her death, like it wasn't even that big of a deal. When Shakespeare kills someone off, he does it thouroughly and quickly. One minute they're there, the next they're not. I have no idea how Act Five could end, but no doubt it will end in a murder.