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Act I Scene I of Hamlet sets a mood that is very mysterious and full of suspicion. The mystery stems from the guards' curiosity in the apparition's identity, whether it is the ghost of King Hamlet or not, and their fear of this bad omen.The clock is said to have struck twelve, giving the setting a very eerie and somewhat haunted feeling, and even suspicious. The fact that the apparition is mute gives the feeling of mystery in this scene.
Barnardo asks Francisco "Have you had a quiet guard", and Francisco replies with "Not a mouse stirring." This tells us that the scene is set at night in a quiet area
The characters are nervous because of the ghost. In the text it said that the guards got Horatio to try to talk to it because they didn't know if it was real or not. Horatio has to tell Hamlet that they saw the ghost of his father. Horatio was scared after the ghost left because he knows that it is real.
Laertes is worried about Hamlet's feelings towards Ophelia. Polonius tells Ophelia that he agrees with Laertes. Laertes and Polonius' mood in scene 3 is worried.
The characters are feeling as if the ghost or spirit will appear when Horatio says it will not appear .Horatio doesn't believe the others and is there to see it for himself. The atmosphere is kind of quiet and still, the perfect conditions for something strange to happen. The ghost sends them weird vibes, and they believe it is the late King Hamlet.
Shakespeare makes the audience feel frightened when even the smart Horatio becomes scared of the ghost. The fact that the ghost looks like the dead king gives the sense of trouble and danger. Shakespeare leaves scene 1 leaving the audience on the edge of their seat because the ghost never speaks at the end of the scene. A mood of suspense is felt by the characters.
In the beginning of Act 1 Scence 1, when Marcellus, Barnardo, and Horatio are talking and keeping guard, the mood is pretty laid back, nothing too crazy is happening. As the scene continues and the ghost appears, the mood turns slightly erie. When the ghost appears and the men see it, it is a complete change of mood. The men become more cautious and more on edge in a sense. At the end of the scene the mood is filled with confusion. The men are still trying to process what had happened and figure out if it was indeed the ghost of the dead king.
There seems to be a spooky and suspicious mood that I can detect when the ghost first appears. I can tell this by the conversation that the guards and Horatio have with each other. Horatio expresses this to the guards saying "A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye" (Shakespeare 15). You can get a very suspicious vibe from hearing the guards try to depict who the ghost is, the late King Hamlet. When Horatio speaks to the ghost and it does not respond, the guards know that something is wrong and decide to let Hamlet know what is going on.
Shakespeare's writing has an eerie vibe to it. One example of this is when Barnardo says, "In the same figure like the king that's dead." Barnardo emphasizes that the king is dead, and they are seeing a ghost who looks just like him. Another example is when Horatio says, "It harrows me with fear and wonder," explaining that the ghost they are seeing is even an eerie sight to them.
Shakespeare creates a suspenseful mood in the opening scene of Hamlet. It is night time in the story, and the gaurds have found a ghost that looks like the dead king. It creates suspense in the story as Horatio attempts to speak to it, but scares it off. It creates many questions as to who the ghost is and what it is doing there.
During the first scene, everyone is on edge. They are waiting to see if the ghost will appear before them again, like it did the past two nights. After the ghost appears, everyone goes into a panic. Everyone freaks out and tries to figure out what to do next.
It's a creepy mood. Horatio is standing guard with the soldiers waiting to see the ghost. This is all occurring in the dead of night. The guard teel a creepy story of the ghost.
The mood Shakespeare creates is a confused kind of shocking feeling. Whenever the ghost hasn't come yet Horatio says " tis but our fantasy" by him saying this Shakespeare is setting him up to be overwhelmed and shocked when this ghost does appears. Marcellus says "Peace, break thee off! look where it has come again." This shows that mood is still a shocking feeling because they are all yelling and in awe that it has come back.
The characters emit fear and anxiety when the ghost appears. Horatio states, "It harrows me with fear and wonder" (Shakespeare 11). As the ghost leaves, Barnardo comments, "How now, Horatio, you tremble and look pale" (Shakespeare 11). It is clear that the men are frightened by the apparition and believe it is a bad omen.
In Act 1 Scene i Bernardo says, "When yond star that's westward from the pole had made its course t'illume that part of heaven". This tells us that the scene was set at night.