A Study Guide For Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

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As Stephen Evans describes in his “Study Guide for Hamlet”, Shakespeare’s most studied play is an example of revenge tragedy. Furthermore, Shakespeare reworked previous dramatic sources and materials to produce an intricate tragedy that progresses to articulate considerably to the worldwide human condition (Evans, 2). Therefore, while Hamlet continues to focus on the human condition, the topic of Hamlet’s “madness” will be discussed. Thus, Hamlet feigns his madness throughout the play which results in his and others’ demise, however, his supposed “madness” represents his enactment of purpose on a higher plane of existence through his goal to avenge his dead father, but to also rid of the incest that Claudius has delivered and restore the splendor in Denmark. A much discussed topic about Shakespeare’s most studied revenge tragedy is the state of Hamlet’s mind and whether the young Prince becomes “mad” or if he feigns his “madness.” I claim that Hamlet never truly becomes mad, but makes the conscious decision to behave this way. For instance, in act 1 scene 5, the ghost appears to Hamlet claiming to be his deceased father. After his interaction with the dead King Hamlet, the Prince reveals to his friends, Horatio and Marcellus, that he may act like a madman. Here, as before, never so help you mercy, How strange or odd some’er I bear myself— As I perchance hereafter shall think meet To put an antic disposition on— (1.5.170-73)
Furthermore, Hamlet has agreed to…

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