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William Shakespeare's Hamlet As The Most Known Play In The English Language

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William Shakespeare's Hamlet as the Most Known Play in the English Language Hamlet is without question the most famous play in the English
language. Probably written in 1601 or 1602, the tragedy is a milestone
in Shakespeare's dramatic development; the playwright achieved
artistic maturity in this work through his brilliant depiction of the
hero's struggle with two opposing forces: moral integrity and the need
to avenge his father's murder.William Shakespeare was an English
playwright and poet. He is generally considered the greatest dramatist
the world has ever known and the finest poet who has written in the
English language.

During Shakespeare's lifetime, he was well known to people in England.
By the time Queen Elizabeth died, the English were struggling with
many social and economic problems. These problems were complicated by
minor wars with other countries-wars that often seemed without
purpose. To many English people, the world appeared to be
deteriorating and becoming in Hamlet's words, "an unweeded garden/
That grows to seed." Shakespeare's tragedies, like other Elizabethan
tragedies involve the murder or suicide of many of the leading
characters.

Young Hamlet is very well-liked. He is a soldier, a scholar, and a
diplomat. We learn that he's "the glass of fashion and the mould of
form", i.e., the young man that everybody else tried to imitate. He's
also "loved of the distracted multitude", i.e., the ordinary people
like him, and if anything were to happen to him, there would be riots.

Hamlet is mourning for his father and he refuses to accept the title
words of consolation offered by Claudius and the Queen. In public,
Hamlet's bitterness and grief is controlled, in private however, his
anger bursts out in passionate reproaches. We learn that his mother's
remarriage has almost broken his heart. According to Hamlet it is an
incestuous relationship because his mother has married his uncle too
fast. The queen tries to make him understand that death is common,
offers philosophy, but Hamlet plays sorrow, his tone of disapproval is
evident in Act 1 Scene 2, "Ay, madam, it is common."

Hamlet's passionate first soliloquy provides a striking contrast to
the artificial dialogue that he must exchange with Claudius. The
soliloquy is to reveal to the audience the reasons for his despair.
The duplication of "too" intensifies Hamlet's feelings of regret.
"Unweeded garden/That grows to seed; things rank and gross in
nature/Possess it merely." We see a lot of sickness imageries used.

Hamlet explains that, without exception Denmark is a well-tended
garden, which was symbolic of harmony and normalcy, although he
accepts weeds as a natural part of the garden, and more generally a
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