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Hamlet As A Man Of Inaction

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Hamlet as a Man of Inaction

Humans are creatures of habit, we get into a daily routine, and over
time, learning from

experience our mind equips itself to dealing with certain situations
that we encounter on a

regular basis, when this routine is broken by an unexpected event our
minds can be

inadequately equipped to deal with this because you can only learn
from teaching or

experience. When a lightening bolt strikes out of the blue; a death of
a loved one or such

we immediately see things from another perspective, something like
this can make us see

things in a whole different light, things that you once thought you
were sure of can take

on a whole new face and cause us to wonder how we were ever so stupid
to see what may

now appear blatantly obvious. This may be for the better or for the
worse but in any case

it will almost certainly cause a turnaround in how we may see things
in the future, this is

what makes us human, are ability to learn from experience and put it
into practice to

hopefully avoid a similar situation ever befalling us again.

A personal tragedy will obviously affect every person differently, it
all depends on how

many comparable situations we have encountered before, how much we
expected it and

how much we are willing to accept that bad things happen and move on.

For any student away studying at university in a foreign country to be
recalled out of the

blue for such a matter as the death of their seemingly healthy father,
who has apparently

lost his life in

such an unceremonious way as being bitten by a snake while asleep
would be a

devastating experience. Even in a modern day world something of this
nature has enough

potential to cause someone so much distress and confusion that it can
be emotionally

destroying.

Now put yourself in hamlets situation you are a seventeenth century
prince, a scholar

based in a sheltered world, a world where you are oblivious to the
fact that people

lie, that people can be two faced and it is unbeknown to you that
people are selfish

and will put there needs before yours and others and will push as many
people out of the way as they

have to, to get what they want. None of these are things that would
ever be part of his

thought pattern, this other world; he has never seen it ; never heard
of it, for him his

world is the world of a prince, a place where no-one would ever make a
remark about you

to your face or to anyone that may have the ability to let you know
about it, a world with

servants and sycophants where your wish is everyone else's command, a
world where the

most emotionally distressing thing you are likely to encounter is that
maybe your best

tunic has not been properly pressed for you...

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