On Hamlets delay

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William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest playwright of all time, authored a number of works consisting of sonnets, comedies, and tragedies. In his brilliant career, Shakespeare created literary works of art. What makes Shakespeare unlike any other writer of his time, or thereafter, is his ability to organize a realistic plot, manage themes, and develop characters within his works. As well, Shakespeare¡¯s ability to provoke feeling and reaction to his writing is also what sets him apart from other common writers. Of his works, 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. Although four hundred years has passed, this tragedy has been sparkling with a peculiar beauty of its own. In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote an incomparable profound tragedy of human spirit from a very common myth and vested the hero Hamlet with deep thoughts and emotions that many people possess. No wonder the famous writer Belinsky exclaimed: ¡°Hamlet ¡­ is really great and profound: this is life, this is human being, this is you, this is me, this is everyone of us.¡± Hamlet was the young prince of Denmark. His uncle Claudius murdered the old King Hamlet, married the Queen and then became the new king. Early in the play the details of the murder become known to Hamlet, he vows to carry out his revenge, and eventually he does so, bringing the action to a close. But unlike common people who take revenge at the time of knowing the murder, he delayed to take action. Hamlet does not kill Claudius in church, while he has the best chance of doing so up until that point; He is known in the kingdom as a brilliant fencer, and shows his skill in the match with Laertes, after which he is able to cut the king and take the glass of poison from Horatio's hand, all that while dying of deadly poison. What then is the reason for his delay of action? This question has been the field for many literary critics' battles. No doubts, Hamlet had his own reason. And this should be connected with his character. Hamlet's character shows much discouragement, earnestness, and sensitivity towards his new... ... middle of paper ... ...owever, in Hamlet, the use of the soliloquy offers the audience a gateway into the minds of the characters, and in this case the various reasons why Hamlet delays in exacting revenge. This is why Shakespeare¡¯s plays have been attracting people for hundreds of years. As to Hamlet, In today's society and its values, Hamlet continues to be a tool in the contribution to ideals of value and morality. This story of a man and his downfalls should be considered a definite asset to the improvement of society, and a lesson learned in compassion for others. The best lessons are learned through mistakes. Bibliography 1. Hamlet, edited by David Bevington, Bantam Bcoks, New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland. 1989. 2. Bevington, David ed. The Comlete Works pf Shakespears. Dallas, Oakland, Palo Alto, Tucker, Kondon. Scott, Foresman and Company, Srd Edition, 1980. 3. Calderwood, Janes L. and Toliver, Harold E. ed. Essays in Shakespearean Criticism. Engliewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1970. 4. David Philips. Notes on Hamlet, Ginn& Company Ltd. London. 1969.
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