Hamlet Essay

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Shakespeare wrote one of his most famous plays, Hamlet, in 1602. For four hundred years, this play has been the ultimate acting challenge. Many actors from Jonathan Pryce to Mel Gibson have acted out Hamlet in many different ways, but the plot remains the same and the story is always fascinating. The reason for the play living on for centuries is not only how rich and complex the plot is, but also because people living in any time period can relate to what Hamlet is going through, which makes the story even more intriguing. Every person has been depressed at one point in his or her life, although maybe not to Hamlet’s extent, and in the play, Hamlet carries out actions that ordinary people would think of doing but never actually
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Since Rosencrantz is Hamlet’s good friend, and the prince opens up to him, it seems that Hamlet really does not love her as much as the reader presumes at first.

Hamlet’s frequent mood swings and changes in feelings confuse the reader, especially that the author does not clearly say whether the tragic hero really loves Ophelia or not. For example, at the end of his soliloquy, Hamlet says, “Nymph, in thy orisons/ Be all my sins rememb’red” (3.1.88-89), referring to Ophelia as a God-like creature. Nymphs are mythological creatures, usually daughters of gods, who, though living many years, are nevertheless bound to die (Parada). This shows how much Hamlet loves Ophelia, thinking of her as divine and untouchable, but still being mortal and not having absolute power, as her father has power over her, ordering her to stay away from Hamlet. Right after this, he changes his mood and says, “I did love you once” (3.1.115), implying that he used to love her but doesn’t love her anymore, and afterwards his emotion changes again and he says, “You should not have believed me; … I loved you not” (3.1.117,119). This quick change in emotion could mean that Hamlet suspects that someone is spying on them or he could just be angry with Ophelia for rejecting him. Thus, when Hamlet says to Ophelia, “Get thee to a

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