Human Nature In A Shakespearean Play

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“It is quite possible—overwhelmingly probable, one might guess—that we will always learn more about human life and personality from novels than from scientific psychology” – Noam Chomsky
The audience in a play is the most important aspect because of each individual’s interpretation and point of view. While an author or playwright may have certain themes or things to be reflected in the play, that may not always happen and several plays often have several meanings or theme. A play written by William Shakespeare has stood the test of time and sparked many debates, regarding the many themes and how they are meant to be interpreted. One theme that is interesting to debate over is how human ...view middle of the document...

Although Hamlet may have never loved or even liked Claudius, he certainly loved Gertrude and later he says “She married. / O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets! / It is not nor it cannot come to good: But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue” ( ). In spite of the ghost telling Hamlet, to leave his mother alone because she played no part in his murder. However, this is now driving a wedge between Hamlet and his mother, while giving Hamlet the impression that women cannot be trusted or loved because they are feeble minded. Alas, there is still hope for Hamlet to find love throughout this debacle, in his dearly beloved Ophelia. The overly obedient daughter of Polonius, who is also in love with Hamlet, because her binding loyalty to her father. Ophelia is forced to spy on Hamlet and this only makes things worse because Hamlet discovers what the plan was. So Hamlet breaks Ophelia’s heart but also breaks his in the process. After two heart breaks, Hamlets idea of women being able to love has been decimated. All while dealing with an overly cautious depression fueled desire of revenge with a hint of reckless decisions. Greenblatt argues that “Hamlet has within him the soul of a poet, too sensitive, delicate, and complex to endure the cruel pressures of a coarse world” (Greenblatt 2). This explains why Hamlets emotions are so easily swain and why he contemplates suicide throughout the play. With plots to murder Hamlet coming out of the wood works, he has no choice but to pretend to be mad in order to save his life. However, it can be argued that Hamlets madness is also intended to fool him and help him temporarily escape a deepening depression long enough for him to avenge his father’s murder. Hamlets lucrative plan for the most part succeeded, when speaking to Polonius about Hamlets madness, Claudius says “Madness in great ones must not unwatched go” ( ). In the end Hamlets feigned madness is what helps him achieve revenge. Hamlets complex human condition was the beginning of the end for him. The ability to love unconditionally is difficult quality to possess and the desires to be loved or find love are both are all things Hamlet possess. Consequently love is his Hubris/hamartia because he loved too much and his false image of love, ultimately lead to his death.
A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible” –Thomas Hardy. Claudius like many brothers was always overshadowed by his brother the king of Denmark. As time passed Claudius’s desire to wear the crown and possess all that his brother has, including the queen whom Claudius is in love with leads him commit “the primal eldest curse … A brother's murder” (3.3.3). Not only is this one of the worst sins to commit but he follows up by marrying the queen and assuming the throne all within a short a period of time. Claudius was born to commit vile acts even, the Ghost of...

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