The Human Mind In Shakespeare's Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Humans are simply an effect of the causes surrounding them. Every miniscule detail and action taken is shaped by the environment they have grown and prospered in, however, on rare occasions, the most powerful force in a life can lead to unimaginable suffering. This is factual in the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. The tragic hero of this tale is Hamlet and he serves to his friends and foes as analogously as a metal rod to lightning. Hamlet brings destruction and emotional torture to both the people he loves and the people he hates. Unfortunately, by doing this Hamlet alters the entire play from something that may speak beautiful ideas about humanity, and instead shows us how truly disfigured a human mind can be when pressure is placed. …show more content…
What he feels for each individual around him finds a way to cause pain whether or not he admires them, or detests them, it leads to the same tragic end. First and foremost, one must examine Hamlet’s relationship to his family. Beginning with the one he admires more than any throughout the length of the play, a large scope of Hamlet’s insanity dawns from his father, King Hamlet. Hamlet believed that his father could do no wrong, and even makes the high comparison of King Hamlet to the gods by saying, “So excellent a king; that was, to this, as Hyperion to a satyr.” (1.2.139-140) This quotation shows Hamlet’s deep and meaningful regard for his father. It is not uncommon for boys to hold high admiration for their fathers, but in Hamlet’s case, as with many thing similar to many actions, he takes things to the extreme. This love and admiration he has for his father shows an inner foil character in the new king Claudius, Hamlet’s …show more content…
Had Hamlet never sought the death of the false king, he would have never felt the need to “speak daggers” (3.2.396) at his mother, and thereby would have never stabbed Polonius. After the stabbing of Polonius, we see the true downfall of not only Hamlet, but also everyone surrounding him. Hamlet is sent to England after this incident, which first and foremost causes pain and suffering from both his dear mother and Ophelia. Ophelia feels tortured by this not only because her father is dead, but also because Hamlet, the man she loves is the murderer and is now sent off to England. Due to the unimaginably excruciating emotions Ophelia has, and no way of dealing with them, she is driven insane. She is even seen singing of a tragedy in her madness. This is true pain caused by Hamlet and thrust upon one of the only people in the entire play he loves. Ophelia’s death leads to Laertes pain, someone who Hamlet used to admire and even nursed jealousy for, and Laertes plan to kill Hamlet. In the very ending scene, the one true ending of pain occurs in the deaths of Laertes, Gertrude, Claudius, and Hamlet. This leaves Hamlet’s best friend Horatio to take care of things, and even in the act of dying Hamlet has caused pain to one of the only people he cares for in the story. Horatio even tried to kill himself with poison and says, “Here’s yet some liquor left.” (5.2.342) Hamlet causes pain

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