28 October 2010
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of the most powerful tragedies ever written. It is a play with a phenomenal storyline. Although it seems to break away from the predictable dramatic convention, the storyline still follows the basis of dramatic structure. The inciting moment of the play is when Hamlet meets the ghost. This event does not take place until near the end of the first act. With most plays that had been written before Hamlet, the inciting moment is introduced right on the first page. The inciting moment in Hamlet is the longest in dramatic literature and has the audience completely stretched. The rising action of the play begins with the ghost appearing before Hamlet, telling him to revenge his murder. After this incident, Hamlet fakes madness to his intentions. He then plans a play within a play that staged the murder of his father. Hamlet intended to watch Claudius in hopes of seeing some sort of reaction or emotion that would prove Claudius was the murderer. Next, Hamlet passes up the opportunity to kill Claudius while he is praying. He doesn’t want him to go straight to heaven. He needs to catch Claudius in his sin so he can be tormented in Purgatory like his father. The climax in Hamlet occurs when Hamlet finally allows himself to accept the fact that Claudius is definitely the murderer of his father. He realizes this from Claudius’ guilty reaction to the players' enactment in the Mousetrap play. The falling action of the play begins with Hamlet being sent to England to be killed. When Hamlet returns to Denmark, he confronts Laertes at Ophelia’s funeral. They then go on to a fencing match, which Hamlet wins by stabbing Laertes with his very own poisoned sword. While the two had been fencing, Gertrude made the mistake of drinking the poisoned wine and dies. After killing Laertes, Hamlet stabs Claudius with the same sword and makes him drink the poisoned...