Examine the view that Hamlet is the most carefully constructed play.In short notes -pleaaaaaaaase

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Hamlet is carefully constructed in the following ways:

  • It is based on an earlier revenge plays (Ur-Hamlet and The Spanish Tragedy)
  • Conforms to the natures and genres of tragedy and revenge drama
  • It conforms to the 5-Act structure
  • It is the collaboration of a writer, director, actors and audience: it is written with action and performance in mind, not to be read only
  • It has a main plot (Hamlet v. Claudius) in which Hamlet is the Hero
  • It has a subplot (Hamlet v. Ophelia, Polonius, and Laertes) in which Hamlet is the villain
  • Every character is a foil for Hamlet, as he interacts with the entire cast, both individually and collectively
  • Hamlet interacts with the audience constantly, revealing his motivation and confusion in his soliloquies--all of which build tension.  Hence, a new character type is created: a mix of the Classical/Medieval (who carries out his father's wishes) and the Modern/Rennaissance (who thinks and acts for himself)
  • It has two or three of every character type: two Hamlets, two Fortinbrases, three sons seeking revenge
  • Is meta-drama: a play-within-a-play.  The Mousetrap is a re-telling of the Ghost's monologues from Act I, and even it has a play-within-a-play (the dumbshow preceding it).  All told, the murder is given to the audience three times.
  • It can be read from many perspectives: politically, spiritually, socio-economically, philosophically, scientifically, etc...