Hamlet and the Impact on the Audience
Many of the plays written by Shakespeare in his time were performed to influence his audience and provoke thought and debate the social, cultural and economic events that were taking place at that time. Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in particular, was a reflection of the events happening during the Elizabethan era. In this essay, the focus is mainly on Act IV scene IV and the speech of Hamlet and the essay focuses on answering the question of the effect Hamlet had on the audience in the Elizabethan era, specifically culturally, socially, and economically. It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate that due to the religious turmoil of the Elizabethan era, Hamlet’s reference to God in Act IV was significant to show that …show more content…
Economy is what shapes a country. Fighting over land, money and power was the social norm to the people of the Elizabethan era. However, being under the constant threat of war from neighbouring countries of Spain and France, England was forced to create armies and fight for small pieces of land. This is reflected through the play when Hamlet says:
“Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats
Will not debate the question of this straw.
This is th' impostume of much wealth and peace,
That inward breaks and shows no cause without
Why the man dies “ (Lines 24- 28, Act IV Scene IV) This quote has a significant role of leaving an impression on the Elizabethan audience suggesting that war is unnecessary and that it is pointless