Especially, if you do not like everything abouttoday's teenaged "Goth" culture(wearing black, being clever and disrespectful, playing with people'sfeelings, complainingthat life seems meaningless and empty), you won't like everything aboutthe Hamlet who we meet at the beginning.
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-- for comparison.
-- for comparison.
"Antonio's Revenge" by John Marston, is mentioned bya contemporary source as 1601,and has a very similar plot to Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
Hamlet’s supposed madness not only becomes his way of relating to the other characters during the majority of the play, but also that which develops his character as throughout the play.
So far as I know, it's the first time this theme -- now so common -- appeared in world literature.Hamlet, our hero, is the son of the previous king of Denmark,also named Hamlet ("Old Hamlet", "Hamlet Senior" as we'd say),who has died less than two months ago.
Within Act 3, Scene 4 of Hamlet, Shakespeare provides little direction by which the scene should be interpreted, but the play, taken in its entirety, proposes a certain way in which Hamlet and Gertrude express their emotions.
At first glance, it holds all of the common occurrences in a revenge tragedy which include plotting, ghosts, and madness, but its complexity as a story far transcends its functionality as a revenge tragedy.
"Hamlet was a prince, by birth a prince; and he wished to reign only that good men might be good without obstruction (Wolfgang 22)." The crown was not hereditary, but if his father had stayed longer, it would have secured Hamlets hopes of succession....
One of the possible reasons for this play's popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind exploring ideas of insanity and madness.
The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated countless different interpretations of meaning, but it is through Hamlet's struggle to confront his internal dilemma, deciding when to revenge his father's death, that the rea...
He's also "loved of the distracted multitude", i.e.,the ordinary people like him, and if anything were to happento him, there would be riots.Exactly why Claudius rather than Hamlet succeeded Old Hamletis not explained.
Gunnar Boklund gives a reason for the highlighting of the melancholy aspect of the protagonist in Shakespeare’s Hamlet in his essay “Judgment in Hamlet”: In the tragedy of Hamlet Shakespeare does not concern himself with the question whether blood-revenge is justified or not; it is raised only once and very late by the protagonist (v,ii,63-70)and never seriously considered....
Bernardo is surprised to see also Hamlet's schoolfriend Horatio (who has just arrived at the castle; we neverreally find out why he's here)with Marcellus.
This was rehearsed, and Claudiusis taking advantage of the opportunity to look reasonable,especially because he is about to deal with Hamlet, who wants to returnto college.Claudius calls Hamlet "cousin" (i.e., close relative) and "son"(stepson), and asks why he is still sad.
The imagery of death and uncertainty has a direct impact on Hamlet’s state of mind as he struggles to search for the truth on his quest for revenge as he switches between his two incompatible values of his Christian codes of honour and humanist beliefs which come into direct conflict....
It is quite simple to see the reason why, since the play confronts us with evidence to prove the validity of the claim to Hamlet’s true madness, or, rather, a view that the actions and words arising from the apparent madness, is but an feigned "antic disposition" as proclaimed by Hamlet himself.