Essay about Struggle and Disillusionment in Hamlet

920 Words Jun 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
Shakespeare’s employment of dramatic struggle and disillusionment through his character Hamlet, contributes to the continued engagement of modern audiences. The employment of the soliloquy demonstrates Shakespeare’s approach to the dramatic treatment of these emotions. The soliloquy brings a compensating intimacy, and becomes the means by which Shakespeare brings the audience not only to a knowledge of secret thoughts of characters, but into the closest emotional touch with them too. Through this, the audiences therefore gain a closer relationship with Hamlet, and are absorbed by him because they are able to resonate with his circumstances, as he is faced with enduring truths of the human condition. Through these, the struggle and …show more content…
Hamlet’s misogynistic attitude continues throughout the play. As seen in Act 3 Scene 1, a scene between Hamlet and Ophelia, the negative image of women influencing a negative image of men is demonstrated. Hamlet is accusing men and women, including himself and Ophelia, of unremitting moral fragility, which they show in their most sexual relations. The suggestion toward sexual disgust might seem a response to a mother who has betrayed his feelings so badly, who’s sexuality has poisoned his own.

Lastly, Hamlet can be seen as facing a struggle and disillusionment toward himself. Shakespeare highlights Hamlets struggle through juxtaposing his insanity to the sanity of the other characters, highlighting this internal struggle. By the mid point of the play, Hamlet is fighting an inner battle of what he should and shouldn’t do. In his soliloquy, “To be or not to be…” (Act 3, Scene 1), Hamlet is in deep thought and signs are shown that suggest suicide as well as an increase in confusion. He states “Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them?” (57-60). This shows how Hamlet does not know whether it is better to keep his sorrows to himself or act upon them. This notion is further highlighted in Act 3, where Hamlet has the perfect opportunity to murder Claudius and avenge his fathers death, yet his actions are

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