Shakespeare’s revenge tragedy Hamlet has endured the tests of time and successfully lived on till our present era due to its exploration of prominent themes and core values which appeal to the human condition and resonate deeply in the contemporary world. Hamlet is open to a myriad of interpretations by a wide range of audiences which may transform throughout the examination of the play and thereby compels the viewer to reflect on its various aspects. Hamlet’s character, the nature of his madness, and Hamlet’s love for Ophelia are three facets of the play where my response has changed and developed.
One’s understanding of Hamlet’s character is highly susceptible to alterations as the play progresses. Initially, Hamlet’s period of
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This would ensure that the villain cannot be saved. Hamlet also organises the play within the play where he is determined to “catch the conscience of the King” and this verifies that he is neither cowardly nor inactive but suggests that his actions assume a form of refined subtlety rather than brutality. In his final soliloquy, the statement- “from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody or be nothing worth” also illustrates how Hamlet is capable of throwing off the shackles of irresolution and tackle his tormentor with vengeance when “the readiness is all”. Moreover, Hamlet’s belief that an immediate revenge against Claudius will be perceived as political ambition and thereby extinguish any hope of restoring morality in Denmark may also have been a reason for his deliberation. This explanation is justified in the final scene as Hamlet forbids Horatio to follow him in death so he may draw his “breath in pain” and “report me and cause aright to the unsatisfied” to ensure that his legacy is not a tarnished reputation as a seeker of personal aggrandisement-“wounded name” but a status as a hero who pursued justice and has overcome corruption.
The interpretation of the nature of Hamlet’s madness has also undergone significant transformation. Hamlet’s