The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery

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Even the most responsible people allow the aura of emptiness affect their decisions. Shakespeare expands this idea throughout the play of “Hamlet”. Many people believe that the depression that follows from emptiness does not change any individual’s choices, but even the hero Hamlet a “Prince to continue his strange behavior…because he himself has committed murder” falls victim to the dangers of loss (Werder). Karl Werder writes “The Heart of Hamlet’s Mystery” in order to further explain why losing a relationship with something important can change the decisions of an individual. Hamlet transforms from a hero into a confused wanderer that tries to find what he needs to do in order to patch the relationship that he lost when Claudius murders his father. Many characters fall to the dangers of losing a special relationship such as Claudius who commits fratricide, Ophelia that commits suicide, and Laertes who causes his own death, all caused from the same feeling of emptiness inside them and reworks them into a different person. Many people feel that other factors alter individuals’ decisions, but emptiness affects an individual’s choices for the worse. Claudius becomes desirous of his brother because his brother has wealth, power, and Gertrude. Claudius develops a plot from jealousy to murder his brother with poison through jealousy. Claudius begins as an uncle to Hamlet, but after Hamlet meets with his father’s ghost, Hamlet realizes that Claudius had poisoned his father in order to obtain all of his brother’s wife, power, and wealth. Hamlet’s father explains that “Thus was I, sleeping, by a brother's hand Of life, of crown, of queen, at once dispatch'd” (1.5.812-813). After the ghost’s explanation of Claudius’s act, Claudius chang... ... middle of paper ... ...e Resource Center. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Goodland, Katharine. “The Gendered Poetics of Tragedy in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” Female Mourning in Medieval and Renaissance English Drama: From the Raising of Lazarus to King Lear. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, 2005. 171-199. Rpt. In Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 120. Detroid: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. Shakespeare, William. "Open Source Shakespeare." Open Source Shakespeare. George Mason University, 2003. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. . Werder, Karl. "The Heart of Hamlet's Mystery." Trans. Elizabeth Wilder. The Heart of Hamlet's Mystery. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1907. N. pag. Rpt. in Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Laurie Lanzen Harris. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.
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