Tragedy Of Hamlet Research Paper

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The tragedy of Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, perceives Hamlet; the young, depressed Prince of Denmark, who leads himself and his royal family to death and destruction. The tragedy is set in stone when King Hamlet is murdered by his brother Claudius. After a rushed funeral, Claudius quickly remarries Gertrude, the queen, and takes his place as the new King of Denmark. The old King Hamlet returns as a ghost to send a message to his son, Hamlet, to seek revenge on Claudius for murdering him. Hamlet looses his reason to live, ends relationships, reputations, and puts Denmark in danger while trying to follow through on his promise to kill Claudius. Hamlet kills himself through the process of trying to kill Claudius. When the ghost of …show more content…
Although it was a good idea on the outside, it had more deeper, lasting effects on Hamlet’s fate. By acting mad, Hamlet furthers himself from society, becoming lost in a depression. Although his madness was an act, Hamlet does loose some of his wits with it. Hamlet lets suicide and depression for his own life lead him to accepting his own death. Hamlet’s suicidal thoughts become prevalent in his “To Be or Not to Be” speech. “To die, to sleep—no more—and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation devoutly to be wished” (III.I.60-65). This comparison of sleep to death that Hamlet makes is a clear identifier of his depression. Again he mentions it by saying “To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream” (III. I. 66-67). Hamlet wishes to fall asleep and never awake, finding hope in the life after death. He wishes to end his suffering, even knowing the sin he would be committing. Hamlet’s depression inter fears with his thought process of revenge. Hamlet is too concerned with himself and how he feels, that he is forgetting how his father feels. His father is trapped in Purgatory waiting to be at rest. But Hamlet lets his emotions take over and he becomes lost in a dark tunnel of depression. Hamlet’s feelings of despondency and dejection leave him vulnerable to the idea of getting killed. Hamlet turns his murder mission into a suicide …show more content…
throughout the entire play, Hamlet overthinks his plans, and becomes too side-tracked that when he finally does kill Claudius, it is too late because Hamlet was already cut by a poisoned sword. By the time Hamlet realizes his tragic flaw, it is too late. In Hamlets soliloquy after encountering Fortinbras’s army, he says, “How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge” (IV.IV.31-33). By “all occasions” Hamlet is referring to all the opportunities he did not take to kill Claudius. Mainly, Hamlet is referring to when Claudius was praying, and Hamlet could of easily taken his revenge, but, he did not. In a way, Hamlet also let religion get in the way of seeking revenge because Claudius had just came from confession, and has been cleansed of his sins. Hamlet wanted him to be killed a sinner, so he would descend to Hell. Hamlet overthinks killing Claudius in this scene by saying, “ And so he goes to heaven. And so am I revenged.—That would be scanned. A villain kills my father, and, for that, I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven” (III.III. 75-79). Hamlet is telling the audience here that he’d better think about this more carefully. A villain kills his father, and he, his father’s only son, would send this same villain to heaven. The ghost of King Hamlet did not say Claudius must die a sinner to seek revenge. Hamlet is just typically overthinking and finding

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