Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles

analytical Essay
1899 words
1899 words

Timeless Aspects of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark and Trifles

William Shakespeare is considered the greatest playwright, if not the greatest writer in the history of literature. His criticisms of society in his works have passed the “test of time,” and still are as significant today as they were when they were first written. There are many similarities in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, and Trifles by Susan Glaspell, written in the early 20th century, that further support the timelessness of Shakespeare’s works. Despite the fact that Shakespeare’s Hamlet was written many centuries ago, his analyses of certain values in society are not only similar to those portrayed in the much more recent play, Trifles, but also to certain issues in modern society such as gender roles, family honor, suicide, and guilty conscience. For this reason, as well as, the complex structure, and intricate characters in the play, Hamlet is considered as Shakespeare’s greatest work of all his thirty-seven plays and one hundred and fifty-four sonnets.

This timelessness of Hamlet is also evident in the many issues and values that it shares with the more contemporary play, Trifles. The most apparent similarity between the two plays is the way women are viewed in each of them. In both plays, women are viewed as inferior to men in many different instances. In Trifles the women are made a mockery of, despite the fact that they are the ones who find the evidence that would eventually solve the murder mystery that the men are working on. At one point, the women find a half made quilt and begin to converse about it, then, the sheriff comes downstairs and says “They wonder if she was going to quilt it or just knot it!” (1621). The s...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the similarities between shakespeare's hamlet, prince of denmark, and trifles, written in the early 20th century, that support the timelessness of his works.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's timelessness is evident in the many issues and values that it shares with the more contemporary play, trifles.
  • Analyzes how in shakespeare's hamlet, women are put in inferior roles, such as ophelia, and how her brother laertes and father, polonius, take many of the decisions in her life.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's conscience comes into play when he has an open chance to murder the king, but does not kill him because claudius is in the middle of prayer.
  • Analyzes how shakespeare's hamlet, prince of denmark is considered the greatest work of his career based on the structure and crafty use of the elements of drama within the play.
  • Analyzes how the timelessness of shakespeare's hamlet is irrefutable, because its values and criticisms of society are still applicable to society today.
  • Describes boyle, kay, and robert diyanni's "astronomer’s wife".
  • Analyzes margreta de grazia's "when did hamlet become famous." textual process.
  • Explains shakespeare, william, and hamlet, prince of denmark. literature. 5th ed. ed. robert diyanni.
  • Analyzes how family honor plays a large role in the storyline and the theme of hamlet.
  • Analyzes how the quote shows how his sister's state and his father’s death strike a flame within his family pride, and make him instantly wish for revenge on the cause of this distress.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's situation and soliloquy depict thoughts that many people today still have — suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the united states and over 30,000 people commit suicide annually.
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