Hamlet

English / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This is an evaluation of William Shakespeare’s play, `Hamlet.`

This paper examines Hamlet, the main character in William Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.” The paper explores the thesis that revenge is anti-ethical to Hamlet’s character. It looks at the ways in which Hamlet ` both the play and its eponymous prince ` are both psychologically more complex and yet also, in some important dramaturgical ways, less satisfying than are other Shakespearean plays that are centered on revenge such as `Romeo and Juliet,` and `King Lear.`
`But the world of Denmark as seen in Hamlet’s court is so corrupted that it cannot be cleansed even by the degree of death that takes place in the play. The fact that this is so should be an indication that the corruption goes to the very heart of not only the state but of Hamlet, who serves as a sort of mythical kingly figure in this context. It is not so much that something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but that something is weakened beyond the possibility of being fixed. Given the cultural standards for manliness common in both the medieval world in which the play is set as well as the Renaissance world in which Shakespeare was writing ` as well as, of course, our own ` it is not surprising that Hamlet should interpret weakness as corruption. Princes, by the standards of his time, should be warriors rather than philosophers.`


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