Which statement best explains why Hamlet alludes to Pyrrhus throughout act 2, scene 2 of Hamlet?
Pyrrhus and Prim’s allusion is an obvious reference to Hamlet’s desire to exact revenge on his father. He tries to kill Claudius, his uncle. He poisoned King Hamlet and wed the mother of the protagonist.
Shakespeare’s play has historical references to ancient mythology. The myth of the Trojan War involving Pyrrhus and Priam is used by the author to set up the events in Hamlet. This allusion highlights the plot point at which King Hamlet is killed. As a result, the subject gets brought up in conversation.
One speech in it I
chiefly loved: ’twas Aeneas’ tale to Dido; and
thereabout of it especially, where he speaks of
(Act 2, scene 2
In act 2, scene 2, Hamlet alludes to Pyrrhus, which ties into the theme of his father’s passing. It starts when the player starts telling the story of Troy’s fight. He concentrates in especially on Priam’s ouster as the monarch. The deliberate allusion, which refers to Pyrrhus’ “Priam murder,” was taken from Virgil’s Aeneid. The tale has Pyrrhus, Achilles’ son, assassinating Priam, the king of Troy. He killed Pyrrhus’s father, and as a result, he was directly to blame for starting the war. This became the justification for such a heinous murder.
The bereaved son wants to exact retribution for his parents’ cruel death. In front of his devoted wife Hecuba, he desires to kill Priam. The plot of the story is similar to that of Hamlet. The main character expresses his desire to exact revenge on those who killed his father. He considers assassinating Claudius the King in front of Queen Gertrude. As a result, the myth and the play’s story are directly related.
With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons,
Baked and impasted with the parching streets,
That lend a tyrannous and damned light
To their lord’s murder: roasted in wrath and fire,
And thus o’er-sized with coagulate gore,
With eyes like carbuncles, the hellish Pyrrhus
Old grandsire Priam seeks.’
(Act 2, scene 2
The references to ancient literature in Hamlet frequently hint at forthcoming events. They enable a more accurate likeness of the characters’ features in the audience. The actors portraying Pyrrhus and Priam foretell the conclusion. Act 2 gives us a glimpse of how Hamlet and Claudius’ tense relationship turned out.