The irony in "Hamlet" is dramatic irony, which is different from situational irony; dramatic irony is the difference between what the character believes and what the audience knows. Situational irony refers to the charac...
Situational irony refers to a situation where the outcome and the expectations or intentions are not what is expected. In other words, the actions or intentions are not in line with the outcome. One illustrative example ...
In Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Pardoner's Tale," the pardoner's greed and dishonesty are excellent examples of situational irony. Situational irony occurs when someone does the opposite of what he is expected to do. In this ...
Some metaphors in "Hamlet" are "current," "sea of troubles" and "slings and arrows." All of these metaphors come after the opening line, "To be or not to be ..."
Figurative language in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is symbolic or metaphorical language used by the playwright to express the motivations, feelings and actions of characters. Such language is most effusively and poign...
Osric is a courtier sent by Hamlet's uncle Claudius. He invites the Prince of Denmark to fight a duel with Laertes over Hamlet's murder of Polonius, Laertes' father.
In William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Horatio is twice sworn to secrecy by Hamlet in Act I. In each instance, Hamlet makes Horatio swear that he will not reveal that anyone has seen the ghost of Hamlet's father.