A Textual Features Of Symbols And The Characterization Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy Hamlet was written over four hundred years ago, yet its textual features of symbols and the characterisation of Hamlet allow the text to be relevant to contemporary society, despite many societal changes. Modern audiences can still relate to the way Hamlet is extremely fixated on death and the contemplation of what occurs in the afterlife. A Roman philosopher and theorist Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes that, “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Even Martin Luther King Jr, an America activist, humanitarian, and leader of the African-America Civil Rights Movement believed, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” In Western society, death is seen as the end of a person’s life. It is feared by most; but accepted. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet death infiltrates the story line as the main character is completely obsessed with the idea of death and therefore it is used to encourage audiences to question and explore it’s real meaning. Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen of the Shakespearian World Congress, my name is Juliet Kaiser and I will be outlining why Hamlet is still relevant to Contemporary Western Society.

It was an extremely typically practice in the Elizabethan Age for audiences to be positioned by play writers to consider and contemplate the theme of death and the afterlife, similar to texts produced for contemporary audiences. Elizabethan audiences and William…

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