The Psychological Impact of Viewing William Shakespeare's Plays

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The Psychological Impact of Viewing William Shakespeare's Plays

From psychologically viewing the plays, Hamlet, King Lear, and Othello it seems that these three tragedies all connect. Shakespeare has a way of manipulating the audience into feeling compassionate towards acts that the usually wouldn't be compassionate towards. These acts may include insanity, murder, or betrayal. And Shakespeare also has a way of leaving the audience to ponder what the outcome would have been if one certain event may not have happened. Shakespeare's tragedies will certainly stick in many people's minds and hearts for years to come because of the power and reality of Shakespeare's characters.

Shakespeare's Hamlet is a complex story of revenge, the
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This play enables the audience to feel a pang of sympathy toward Hamlet even when they might not agree with what he is doing. Another key point in Hamlet is that he is very intelligent. Hamlet had many chances to kill his uncle that he did not take. They were too easy and would not completely satisfy Hamlet or the spirit of his father. Hamlet wanted his father's death avenged; he wanted everybody to know what had happened. This play also gets thrown a twist with the character of Ophelia. Ophelia was used in the play to show the changes happening in Hamlet's character. We see how a man's mother can be the ultimate representation of a woman. For Hamlet it became if my mother is a whore then every woman must be. Ophelia furthered proved this fact by obeying the wishes of her father over the Hamlet's wishes. Hamlet felt Ophelia had let herself be used and she was now dirty. This aspect of the play allows the audience to see that Hamlet is really going insane from the whole situation he is in. The irony behind this play is that if Hamlet was not such a great man he may have lived. If he would have taken the easy way out by stabbing his uncle in the back or poisoning his drink he could have lived on. But Hamlet died because he was a fair man. In Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear, a prominent reoccurring theme is vision and its importance. Shakespeare portrays this theme through the characters of Lear and

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