William Shakespeare 's Hamlet : Emotional Maturity, Coping, And Emotion

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What was the state of the emotional maturity in Shakespeare’s Hamlet ? How is the emotional maturity relevant to Hamlet’s actions and emotions in the play? Throughout this report we shall examine the elements of Youth, Emotional Maturity, Coping, and Emotion in relation to Shakespeare’s Hamlet , as presented in Kelly J. Hays’ novel The Norton Introduction to Literature .
In Matthew Harkins article, Making ‘Young Hamlet’ , He examines the principle of youth, defining it through the character of Hamlet. Harkins defines the idea of a youth as “vigorous, eloquent, inventive, but [they are] also dependent, without judgment, wisdom, and self-[control] .” In accordance with this statement, I find that I agree, to a point. “The young were to serve and old were to rule… Children had powers of memory and imagination; young men were capable of vigour, eloquence, and invention; but only the mature had judgment, practical wisdom, and self-mastery” (Making Young Hamlet. Matthew Harkins, Keith Thomas. Page 335).
The actions of youth are what enables the wisdom of the mature and the old. The mistakes of the youth are the benefits of the old: “Youth’s shortcomings provide [the] foil for age’s assets; in zero sum fashion, youth’s loss equals age’s gain.” (Page 340. Matthew Harkins) “Young Hamlet grows up and grows dead in the same instant.” (Page 344. Matthew Harkins)

Opinion: maturity develops through the resolution of the causes of the emotional and the social problems. Leon J. Saul…

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