Hamlet Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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As the play Hamlet opens, what is the mood?

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The opening of this classical play is one of confusion. It is ominous as the opening line asks the question of "Who's there?" The characters are almost hysterical in there anxiousness. It lets the audience know that something is very wrong in the...

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As the play opens the mood is ominous. There is a sense of apprehension and paranoia. This is observed as the soldiers repeatedly and almost frantically as each other who is there. The following quote from Marcellus also highlights their fear and anxiety upon viewing an apparition that appeared to be their king:

"Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,
And will not let belief take hold of him
Touching this dreaded sight, twice seen of us:
Therefore I have entreated him along
With us to watch the minutes of this night;
That if again this apparition come,
He may approve our eyes and speak to it."

Furthermore, they view this ghost again, and Horatio trembles and appears pale. All these fearful occurrences within this first scene foreshadow the tragic events that will follow later in the play.