Hamlet's Psychological Aspect Essay

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Hamlet’s psychological aspect


I decided to do this research work because I have enjoyed a lot reading this play: Hamlet. The inner motivations and psyche of this character have captured my attention. Therefore, the aim of this research is to depict Hamlet’s attitudes during the play. I will try to approach to his real feelings on life and death taking into consideration what critics and researchers have said about Hamlet.

In order to clarify Hamlet’s personality and behaviour, I will provide some aspects of the historical context in which Shakespeare was inspired to write this play, and a brief summary of it to take into account the plot. Finally, I will make a conclusion in which I will try to summarise
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Hamlet turns away and Laertes wounds him with the poisoned sword, but Hamlet goes on fighting. During the struggle, they exchange swords and Hamlet wounds Laertes, who confesses the plan telling Hamlet that he is also sure to die from the effect of the poison. After hearing the truth, Hamlet stabs Claudius with the poisoned sword and forces him to drink the poison, too.

Finally, while Hamlet is dying by the effect of the poison, he orders one of his friends called Horatio to tell the terrible story of the happening to everyone.

Hamlet: Psychological aspects

It is said that Hamlet deals with themes such as madness and doubts about his mother’s adultery and complicity in his father´s murder. He experiences a struggle between reason and madness, the good and the evil, questioning human feelings and passions. He feels that he lives in a world of corruption and deceit, and these feelings take him to a state of anguish.

From this state arises one of the most noticiable feature: his desire of revenge. Since he was informed about how his father was mudered and about who has commited the crime, a feeling of revenge takes control over him. But he goes beyond other popularly known tradegies based on revenge. He designs a plan to make people know the truth. Furthermore, as time goes by, his hatred grows making his plan more and more evil. His words in act 3 scene 3 evidences this situation:

“Now might I do it pat, now ‘a is a praying; and now I’ll do’t –

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