Tuesday, November 20, 2012
After taking the multiple choice part of the "Hamlet" test today, I realized the importance of a character giving exposition. Without this background information it would virtually be impossible to know the reasons behind some of the things authors like Shakespeare write about. A person would have to be versed in almost all aspects of history to comprehend some things authors make allusions to. For example, Horatio's exposition on the preceding events in the beginning of the novel really come in clutch, because as readers we do not know some of the history behind Denmark's war times with Norway. Also, credit must be given to critics that analyze and expand the imagination of readers such as Tillyard in his critical analysis of Elizabethan times titled "The Elizabethan World Picture."