Tragedy in William Shakespeare´s Hamlet

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William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is laden with tragedy from the start, and this adversity is reflected in the title character. Being informed of his father’s murder and the appalling circumstances surrounding the crime, Hamlet is given the emotionally taxing task of avenging his death. It is clear that having to complete this grim undertaking takes its toll on Hamlet emotionally. Beginning as a seemingly contemplative and sensitive character, we observe Hamlet grow increasingly depressed and deranged as the play wears on. Hamlet is so determined to make his father proud that he allows the job on hand to completely consume him. We realize that Hamlet has a tendency to mull and ponder excessively, which causes the notorious delays of action throughout the play. It is often during these periods of deep thought and reflection that we hear one of Hamlet’s famous soliloquies, which are obviously relative to Hamlet’s apprehensions and worries surrounding his current situation. The seven soliloquies throughout the play offer insight pertaining to the deteriorating mental state of Hamlet, and the circumstances which induce his decent into madness.

Arguably, the most blatant characteristic of Hamlet to be revealed through his soliloquies is that of his depressed disposition - seemingly brought on by the pressure of having to take vengeance on his uncle, Claudius, for the murder of his father, King Hamlet. I believe that had it not been for the murder of King Hamlet, Hamlet would not have suffered from such mental anguish. The majority of Hamlet’s soliloquies make reference to such distress, manifested in thoughts of suicide and feelings of helplessness. Hamlet queries: “To be, or not to be, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mi...

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...of Hamlet is hit with hardship after hardship he is affected to the absolute core. Hamlet’s perfectionist nature makes it even more difficult to wade through everything that is being throw his way - he wants every one of his actions to be executed flawlessly, and the inability for this to occur renders him static. Consequently, due to his inactivity, Hamlet becomes more frustrated with himself as he feels useless and unworthy. Though it is a dramatic example, I believe Hamlet has a relatable quality to most everyone. The desire to succeed and hold the unattainable characteristic of perfection is something we have all yearned for at one point or another. Hamlet’s soliloquies give us insight into universal human nature, as well as the startling reality of how one can be negatively affected by being so hard on oneself. We have all felt Hamlet’s struggles to some degree.
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