A Genre for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”


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A Genre for Shakespeare’s "Hamlet"
“You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops, and you would pluck my heart of my mystery” (Shakespeare, 1.2.381-382)
Many plays have nuanced genres, inspiring further study on genre and what makes a specific play within a certain genre. I propose that this play is a comedic melodrama. This is because of the nature of the plot and the humor that the characters, especially Hamlet, have within it. Hamlet could be called a hybrid between a melodrama and a comedy, based on the plot and characterization within the classic play.
Hamlet could be called a melodrama based on the dramatic twists and turns and can be extenuated within the performance of the play itself. In a melodrama, the...
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.....atchmen and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, which make the play lighter and definitely more comedic in tone.
In the definition of comedy, Hamlet pits Hamlet and the old regime (Hamlet, Hamlet senior) against the new, villainous regime of Claudius and Gertrude. This clash of regimes furthers the plot, creates drama and also comedic situational humor. Overall, Hamlet could be defined as a sort of tragic comedy, a comedy of comedic characters working within a tragic structure. Hamlet is a complex play that could be considered a part of many genres. There is a case that the play could be both melodramatic and comedic in nature.
Works Cited
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Baker, George Pierce, Ed. USA: The Macmillan Company, 1913.