Hamlet, By William Shakespeare Essay

1340 Words May 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
Through Shakespeare’s perspicacious genius, in Hamlet he has depicted an aspect of humanity that belongs essentially not to his age but ours. He does so by subverting the audiences’ expectations of a revenge tragedy through his characterization of Hamlet as having an over-active intellectual mind, which results in his delay from action. Hamlet spends the vast majority of the play ruminating over philosophical questions related to the typical themes of revenge tragedy; action, murder, revenge, but also the purpose of theatre, philosophical questions of life, family relationships and the importance of rituals (such as funerals). Therefore, Hamlet is essentially about the attempt to hold a mirror up to human nature and work towards expressing the inexpressible and scrutinizing the inscrutable aspects of human experience.

Hamlet as a whole is primarily concerned with exploring our relationship with death; that our fear of death comes from the notion that there must be something else, and therefore from the very fact that we cant ever know for sure if there is. This idea is explored in Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy, where he realizes that we suffer the “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” rather than “by opposing, end them”, because of the “Dread of something after death”; the “undiscovered country”. For this reason theatre is presented as something potentially unsettling as it reflects the fear that life is nothing more than an act in some enigmatic drama.…

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