Essay about Hamlet's Recognition of Love

Essay about Hamlet's Recognition of Love

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How would it be possible for Hamlet to express or even recognize love, without having a clear definition of what love is? One may define love as a lover’s passion, devotion or tenderness for someone or something. Hamlet perceives love as an emotion that causes loss, devastation and pain. In the play, Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, the main character uses love as a reason for his actions, but never truly loves any of the characters except his father. Hamlet seems to be more of a love story but, truthfully, it is more of revenge then love.
Though Hamlet does not appear to love many people in this play, his feelings for his father shine true. In Act I. Scene ii, while Horatio and Hamlet were speaking of Hamlet’s father, Hamlet said, “He was a man, take him for all in all: I shall not look upon his like again.” (Act I. Scene ii.191-193.). This quote shows the affection that Hamlet has for his father by saying that no one can ever take his place, or compare to him. It shows how highly he thinks of his father and how much he meant to him. When Hamlet’s father appears as a ghost and speaks to Hamlet. He tells Hamlet of how he was murdered by his own brother. He tells him of how he was taking a nap under a tree in the orchid when Claudius put a drop of poison in his ear, with no defense or chance of a fair fight for his life his father died. After knowing this story from his father, Hamlet promised to avenge his father’s death by killing his own uncle. Most people would not kill another person for any reason, what so ever, and for him to avenge his father’s death is an act of dedication and love. Throughout the entire play, Hamlet dedicates his time to finding ways to avenge his father’s death. That shows love because Hamlet is...

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... to Horatio is not a thank you or I love you. He tells him to stay here to tell my story. People need to know my story. What kind of friend is that? Horatio was a part of Hamlets plot all along. Hamlet never truly cared about him. He just wanted someone to be able to tell his story in the end.
In this play there are many different opinions about whom Hamlet really loves. You can argue this in many different ways, but the most evidence in this story is that Hamlet only shows true love for his father.

Works Cited
• "Hamlet's Mourning and Revenge Tragedy ." Hamlet In His Modern Guises. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001. 25-26. Print.

• "love." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2009.
Merriam-Webster Online. 8 December 2009
• Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Brookyln, New York: Alan Durband, 1986.

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