The author of 154 sonnets, the author of 37 plays and the creator of over 1700 words, William Shakespeare is undoubtedly regarded as one of the most influential poet and playwright today. Many people have devoted their lives to studying Shakespeare’s work and even a university program is dedicated to the high-school students who wish to further their knowledge of him. Out of the numerous plays Shakespeare has written to this day, Hamlet was declared – as of November 23, 2008- his greatest play through a survey conducted by the Sunday Telegraph; however, the question of whether or not Hamlet, written 400 years ago, is a valuable and worthwhile text for students to study. In arguably the greatest play to ever be written, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, proves to be a suitable and beneficial text for teachers to study its themes, characterization and entertainment value with their students as it manifests aspects of our society that students can learn from, relate to, and further their ability to evolve as a person. Through the different themes of appearance versus reality, the uncertainty of life after death and the misogynistic tendencies that is attributed regularly in the play, readers can use this knowledge as a platform to gain awareness of the surrounding themes in their society and the effects it has on the people in it. Additionally, through the different characters Shakespeare has created in the play, Hamlet, Horatio and Polonius offers a parallel of the people its readers will often come across and associate with today. Lastly, through the classic plot of the tragic hero, the rich and alluring allusions, and Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony, does a great deal to engage with their audience and to bring them into experiencing the s...
William Shakespeare's works are over 400 years old, yet, they still are prevalent in modern day both in schools and as entertainment. However the works of Shakespeare are generally not well received initially by students and is often met with both fear and distaste. Why are Shakespeare's work met with such hostility by the youth of today and why are his works still around after 400 years?. I will try to answer these questions by taking a look at one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, Hamlet. I will be taking a look at how relevant his characters are to modern day readers, whether or not the plot is outdated in style or structure and if his themes still are prevalent in modern day.
The charm given by Hamlet has to do with the fact that we can all relate with his struggles and principles. We each have to face a dilemma where we deal with a corrupt world in some point in our lives. The way he preserves his moral integrity is a prime example that he is human and relatable. His unbalanced characteristics, reactions and conflicting thoughts make him weak but perfectly human at then end of the day. His last act of dying is suitable to his flawed but human character, in which he also redeems himself. He attains justice for the death of his father, even at the cost of his own life. Even with the other characters, they realize their full capabilities when they face the struggle of forthcoming demise. By dying, they are able to overcome the anxiety and reservations that are associated with death.
One cannot distinguish hamlet's character through his strong will, or even his pain. There is no liquidation and purification of his thoughts and conscience. He is a hero more than be human. Hamlet is unable to make a decision through his anger. Hamlet is considered the Prince of Philosophers. But he did not do anything. He was thinking of his disability. He was thinking that this deficit and slackening gives him another opportunity to be lazy and delay his duty to kill Claudius. Revenge becomes his main
Hamlet arrives home from his studies to discover that his uncle, Claudius, has murdered Hamlet’s father, the king of Denmark. Hamlet vows to avenge his father’s death by killing Claudius. Although Hamlet is obsessed with killing Claudius, his conscience seems to be plagued with the enormity of committing murder. Claudius’s conniving assassination of the king and Hamlet’s desire for justice make the two characters seem quite dissimilar. Hamlet the beloved prince is supposed to slay Claudius the scheming usurper. Yet, in some sense, Hamlet seeks the same path as Claudius. He wants to murder Claudius, just as Claudius murdered his father. To do this, however, would bring Hamlet down to Claudius’s level. The lust, manipulation, selfishness and even doubt that are so plainly seen in Claudius also exist within Hamlet and become apparent as he contemplates his revenge.
Although King Claudius fails in comparison to his late brother King Hamlet, he still tries to portray king like traits and exemplify king like deeds. However, we quickly find that he is weak and faulty king not truly fit to rule. His character embodies irony to the fullest. Hamlet even refers him as a joke compared to his father. Even if Claudius is ruler over Denmark, he is still a peasant compared to King Hamlet: “So excellent a king, that was to this/Hyperion to a satyr, so loving to my mother” (I.ii.139-140). Yet, King Claudius tries to his newfound power to influence others. He uses the throne as a mask to hide his true self and...
Hamlet is a normal person which brillant ideas. He waited so long to kill Claudius because he wanted people to be able to know the story of really happened and did not want to seem like a bad guy. Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be or not to be” (Act 3,Scene 1 Line 64) also means should he live to do as his father or or die to betray him. Hamlet knew everything that was going on in the kingdom but wanted to act as if he did not to get even further in and have more information. He did this because he wanted to think a more brilliant plan to kill Claudius and anyone else that was dealing with it, that is how he killed
My analysis of Hamlet’s fascination and fear of death has led me to think that William Shakespeare created this play for the people of England. The play was used as a podium that allowed for the concerns of the common English people to be seen and heard. It is not a coincident that Hamlet was written after the Reformation. It is not a coincident that the fears that Hamlet had of death could have been eased with Catholic traditions. Finally it is not a coincident that they all die in the end of the play, because in the end the Catholic traditions died in
In conclusion, Hamlet is undeniably the crown of indulgence into contemporary behaviors and insight into human complexities. Shakespeare’s exquisite use of theme, entertainment and characterization not only develops the intricate plot and body of the play, but also invites the audience into a realm of knowledge and understanding. Ultimately, the pursuit of knowledge is the greatest asset known to humankind. Its infinite possibilities excite the imagination and for that reason, one should value contemporary literary works. But it is important to respect and study the foundation of these pieces, for they base their content off of the classics.
The Elizabethan era was an age of “new ideas and new thinking”. It is famous for theatre and referred to as the golden age in English History. Shakespeare lived in this period, producing several plays including notable ones such as Macbeth, King Lyre, and Hamlet. His plays received well rounded criticisms and were enjoyed to the fullest extent. To keep the audience interested and engaged, Shakespeare connected with them by referring to commonly known subjects of their time. Because of the connections he made, he conveyed several themes concerning the daily lives of the public. Using Hamlet’s madness, Shakespeare relayed the themes of appearance vs. reality, the struggle for power, and the ideas of fate.