Hamlet, By Shakespeare Essay

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HamletYet I,A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peakLike John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,And can say nothing--no, not for a king,Upon whose property and most dear lifeA damn'd defeat was made. Am I a coward?Who calls me villain, breaks my pate across,Plucks off my beard and blows it in my face,Tweaks me by the nose, gives me the lie i'th' throatAs deep as to the lungs--who does me this?In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet has been saddened bythe death of his father. When he finds out that is was thedoing of his crooked uncle, Hamlet's chief goal is torevenge the ignoble deed. This revenge, which the play iscentered upon, is hindered by Hamlet's tragic flaw and isseen in the above passage. The flaw, hesitation, impedeshis ability to avenge his fathers death, and ultimatelyresults in his decline and demise.The play opens with King Hamlet having already beenmurdered. Claudius, the dead King's brother, has seized thethrone as well as the Queen's, and mother of Hamlet's, handin marriage. All of these events have shocked theprotagonist, Prince Hamlet, who still laments the death ofhis noble father and curses his mother for marrying hisuncle with "most wicked speed, to post with suck dexterityincestuous sheets." However, in spite of his disapproval,Hamlet does not voice his anger by saying "but break myheart, for I must hold my tongue." Hamlet wears "customarysuits of solemn black" and cries with the "fruitful river inthe eye" for his father and states that he acts as suckbecause "within which passes show, these but the trappingsand suits of woe." Hamlet does not care about the kingdom,he merely wants to grieve the death of his father for aproper amount of time and then return to school.The play then takes a drastic turn and leaps into theplot when Horatio informs Hamlet of the sighting of anapparition of the expired king. Hamlet decides to go andsee the ghost himself and it is upon their subsequentencounter that the ghost informs Hamlet that "the serpentthat did sting the father's life now wears his crown." Theghost commands Hamlet to "revenge his foul and mostunnatural murder." Hamlet feels compelled to honor the lastwish of his dead father, but is faced with predicament,whether or not the words of the ghost are true or not. Hethus devises a plan in which he may learn of the guilt orinnocence of Claudius. Instead of confronting Claudius faceto face and demanding a declaration of guilt or innocence,Hamlet instead decides upon a more subtle course of actionin which he will fake madness and "put and antic dispositionon " so that Claudius will not suspect him of any wrongdoing. Also, Hamlet decides to stage the play,...

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