Analysis Of Hamlet As An Revenge Tragedy

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is undoubtedly the most successful play or tragedy ever written by the William Shakespeare between the time period of 1599 and 1601. The longest ever play with 1536 lines, which obviously grounded a landmark for itself in English literature. Hamlet is considered more as a Revenge Tragedy, for Hamlet, the protagonist of the play feels a responsibility to avenge his father's murder by his uncle Claudius. Also, what lies consistent throughout the play was the inconsistency and dilemma of Hamlet as a character There are several other importunate details that are linked with this play like: It is the most widely performed play in the world, It is being performed somewhere every single minute of everyday, it has Shakespeare's most
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Eliot also examines that Shakespeare's Hamlet lacks the main strata of Revenge Tragedy. Eliot argues that Shakespeare's Hamlet do not server the dramatic purpose of the Revenge Tragedy which results in failure of established motive of characters. Eliot thinks,
‘...there is a motive which is more important than that of revenge, and which explicitly "blunts" the latter; the delay in revenge is unexplained on grounds of necessity or expediency; and the effect of the "madness" is not to lull but to arouse the king's suspicion.’
Then again Eliot claims few more points that shows that Hamlet is not a original work of William Shakespeare and rather an adaptation of Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy. He goes on to challenge the 'verbal parallelism' of theses two texts by strongly supporting Robertson’s view that
‘Shakespeare's Hamlet, so far as it is Shakespeare's, is a play dealing with the effect of a mother's guilt upon her son, and that Shakespeare was unable to impose this motive successfully upon the "intractable" material of the old
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