Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Universal Themes Of Struggle And Disillusionment

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Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” explores the universal themes of struggle and disillusionment which enables Hamlet to still be relatable today. Shakespeare highlights these themes through the characterization of Hamlet, who lives in a perpetual state of disillusionment as a result of the events that unfold. Hamlet’s struggle with his own moral code in contrast with his faith which he continues to question throughout the play adds to his disillusionment. Similarly, the character of Ophelia represents the struggle of a 16th century woman who is manipulated by dominant male figures in her life. Therefore Shakespeare’s dramatic treatment of struggle and disillusionment enable the play to endure the test of time.

Throughout the entire play, Hamlet is suspended in a state of disillusionment. The combination of his fathers death, mother’s ‘o’erhasty marriage’ and his realization of the corrupt nature of the state of Denmark, furthers Hamlet’s distressed nature and fuels his dissatisfaction with the circumstances within his home state. Shakespeare’s inclusion of soliloquies enable the audience to engage with Hamlet’s own disillusionment and gives the audience insight into Hamlet’s internal struggle and inner turmoil. For example, in Act 1 Scene 2 ‘How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world’ is highly indicative of his disillusionment. Shakespeare’s use of listing makes this line memorable and appealing to the audience as Hamlet questions life and its…

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