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In Hamlet Act 5, scene 2 lines 204 - 224, Hamlet hints at the ghost'strue identity by speaking of "the chains that I have on me." This is a possible indication of foreshadowing.

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Question: In Hamlet Act 5, scene 2 lines 204 - 224, what evidence of foreshadowing is in these lines?

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In Act 5, Scene 2 of Hamlet, between lines 204 and 224, there is a significant amount of foreshadowing related to the play's tragic outcome. The following points provide evidence of this foreshadowing: 1. Hamlet's hesitance: Hamlet expresses his sense of unease about the fencing match with Laertes, a feeling shared by Horatio. Their apprehension foreshadows that the duel may not end well for Hamlet. 2. The use of the word "prologue": Line 208 contains the phrase "the foils be brought, the gentleman willing, and the King hold his purpose, I will win for him if I can; if not, I will gain nothing but my shame and the odd hits." Hamlet's uncertainty is evident in his expression "if I can" and his mention of "shame" and "odd hits". The mention of "prologue" implies that the events leading up to the duel are just the beginning, hinting at significant events to follow. 3. "Trickling tears": In line 213, Hamlet uses the metaphor of a tear or "weeping water" to describe his sense of unease. This image of sadness foreshadows the subsequent sorrowful events and deaths in the play. 4. "About my brains": In lines 218-219, Hamlet speaks of the situation as having "uncalm'd thoughts" swirling "about [his] brains". This statement suggests that his thoughts are far from clear, hinting at the chaos and confusion that will surround the duel and its aftermath. 5. Accepting fate: Hamlet acknowledges that he cannot control the outcome of the duel, and despite his apprehension, he accepts his fate by saying, "It is but foolery; but it is such a kind of gaingiving as would perhaps trouble a woman" (lines 221-223). This acceptance of his possible misfortune foreshadows that Hamlet may not emerge victorious or unscathed from the upcoming events. In summary, these lines from Act 5, Scene 2 of Hamlet reveal a sense of foreboding and an acceptance of fate that foreshadow the tragic outcome of the fencing match with Laertes and the ultimate conclusion of the play.

Answered by gpt-4

June 1, 2023, 9:17 p.m.

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Published: Thursday, June 1, 2023

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