The Consequences Of Existentialism In William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Existentialism emphasizes the individuals existence. The individual needs to define their own meaning of life through their actions, words and decisions. Individuals are entitled with freedom, but what they do has to be their own responsibility. The characters in Hamlet must isolate themselves in order to find their true individuality. They are constantly on the search in isolation to find reasons to why they exist. William Shakespeare demonstrates that the characters in Hamlet must work out their problems in isolation; given the opportunity, which will then lead them to their goals. The characters will then find their true existence by being isolated from many of the characters in Hamlet. Since the characters in Hamlet must find their true …show more content…
He allows his emotions to carry him through his life and which eventually controls him. After the scene with Hamlet and the ghost, Hamlet states that he will “wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past That youth and observation copied there, And thy commandment all alone shall live Within the book and volume of my brain, Unmix 'd with baser matter.” (I.V.99-104) By stating this, his fathers words has enraged him and has taken control of his brain and now control his …show more content…
When meeting with his father, Hamlet becomes furious and mad. Although Hamlet has not shown any remorse for being responsible for the deaths of Guildenstern and Rosencrantz. “Why, man, they did make love to this employment. They are not near my conscience, their defeat Does by their own insinuation grow.” (V.II.57-59)
Hamlet has shown to be heartless to the people he has done wrong too. During the closet scene, when Polonius was killed. Hamlets first reaction was “A bloody deed. Almost as bad, good mother, As kill a king and marry with his brother.” (III.IV.28-29) and through this reaction, it shows that Hamlet has no sorrow to the people he has killed, but only to his father.

Hamlets remarks against the frail and innocent Ophelia to speak hatred about his mother and Claudius. “O God, your only jig-maker. What should a man do but be merry? For look you how cheerfully my mother looks and my father died within 's two hours.” (III.II.120-122). Each of the remarks that Hamlet has said to Ophelia has only led up to her insanity. Hamlets emotions caused by his fathers ghost has only hurt the people around Hamlet himself. His emotions has gotten to the point of where he can not connect with the other persons feelings

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