There is persuasion that happens in Hamlet, which three would be great to discuss in an essay to illustrate the persuasion going on?I need help deciding on three main persuasions that are going on...

There is persuasion that happens in Hamlet, which three would be great to discuss in an essay to illustrate the persuasion going on?

I need help deciding on three main persuasions that are going on for my essay.

 

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Many of Shakespeare's plays are about persuasion.  In fact, some might be discussed as such in rhetoric classes.  Hamlet is no exception.  Some of the more persuasive speeches in the play might be these:

(1)  In Act 1, Scene 2,  Claudius' admonition to Hamlet to stop mourning for his dead father:  "Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet . . ."   I like this one because Claudius starts with sympathy, turns to insults, and finally resorts to bribery.

(2) Also in Act 1,Scene 5, the ghost's speech to Hamlet in which he persuades Hamlet to avenge his "most foul and unnatural murder."  He uses quite a few persuasive techniques:  imagery, parallel structure, call to action, appeals to sympathy.

(3)  Another speech that might serve you well would be Hamlet's speech to Gertrude, "Look on this picture and on this" (Act 3, Scene 4) in which he attempts to persuade Gertrude to turn away from Claudius because he, in fact, murdered her late husband. In this speech, Hamlet uses visuals, contrasts, and repetition.

I hope these help.

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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How about some of these:

1.  Claudius persuades Gertrude to think negatively about her son for his (Claudius') evil purposes.

2.  Claudius persuades Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet, ostensibly for Hamlet's own good, but really to advance Claudius' evil purposes.

3.  There are many instances in the play of Hamlet trying to persuade himself of various things. You could pick three of these instances if you wanted to focus on Hamlet alone. Hint: look at Hamlet's soliloquies (long dialogues with himself).

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jessica-w | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) eNoter

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I think the most obvious persuasion is between Laertes and Claudius.

-Claudius persuades Laertes to redirect the accusations he was making to Claudius, about him killing Polonius, towards Hamlet. Claudius persuades Laertes to fight Hamlet and seek revenge. He eventually gets Laertes pumped up and ready to kill Hamlet.

Another one is deffinatly how the Ghost persuades Hamlet to take revenge on his death. Hamlets quick acceptance of what the ghost says and his determined attitude straight after to avenge the death proves that the ghost was indeed very persuasive.

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