Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet Essay

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Advice that is constantly given to people is to listen more than they talk. In the Christian faith it’s also talked about how God gave humans two ears and one mouth, suggesting he wants people to listen more. Hamlet by William Shakespeare is a case of this. Characters were constantly trying to get the upper hand on each other; Hamlet by acting crazy and using people, Claudius by having others spy on people, and Laertes by wildly hunting whoever he wanted. However, some strategies were more successful than others. One quote that demonstrated the way to be successful is to “give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; / take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment” (I.iii.74-75). This quote is explaining that listening and observing people is a more successful way to understand them than talking to them or judging them. This leads to the argument of whether passion or reason is better, because one can use reason to learn about people (listening and observing them) or use passion (talking and judging them). This quotation explains how acting with reason to make decisions instead of passion is more successful as demonstrated through projection displayed by Laertes and ego and fear of intimacy used by Hamlet. Laertes uses projection to assign blame for the death of his father, Polonius, on Hamlet ; however, it is misplaced and leads to his death. When Laertes returns from France and learns about his father’s death he says that he “dare[s] damnation. To this point [he]…

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