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제목 : Shakespeare’s Audience Control in Hamlet
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This article aims to reveal that Shakespeare’s Hamlet was written in order to get a positive response from the audience. The playwright created the hero, Hamlet, for that purpose. Shakespeare controlled audience response by creating Hamlet who was not against the beliefs and concepts of the times. The audience favors Hamlet who is good-natured and moral and who mostly delays the revenge of his dead father. The more Hamlet delays, the more the audience favors him. Delaying is the result of ‘thought’ and his thought is the expression of his conscience. Therefore the audience liked Hamlet’s conscientiousness. This article will prove this argument by discussing how Hamlet is good-natured and moral, finally it will show why the ‘thought’ is related with Hamlet’s delay. Hamlet’s audience would at least have understood his reasons for the delay of revenge and would have understood that conscientious ones had no choice but to delay, therefore they came to understand Hamlet’s actions. The audience liked Hamlet because the audience was aware of the literary tradition of ‘thought’ that dates back to the Middle Ages and shared the beliefs and concepts of the times.



Key Words: delaying, conscience, thought, morality, audience response


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