"Hamlet" Analytical Essay by experts

An essay which explores the relationship between fathers and sons in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet".
# 7779 | 1,490 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2003 in Drama and Theater (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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The play "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare contains a rich diversity of issues and relationships, some of the greatest of which concern those between father and son. The paper discusses these relationships, most notably those between Hamlet and the late King Hamlet, Fortinbras and Old Fortinbras, and Polonius and Laertes, and shows how they demonstrate a number of significant, unique characteristics as well as several themes that are both timeless and universal.

From the Paper:

"Hamlet's love and loyalty to his father is such that it significantly changes his psyche and motivates his actions for the remainder of the play, or to the end of his own life. In soliloquies such as that of Act III, Scene iii, he reveals tender concern for his father's soul, noting that since King Hamlet was murdered he was unable to confess himself to God before dying, an important religious rite of the period. This, along with the ghostly manifestation of King Hamlet, underlines the spiritual dimension of the father/son relationship, suggesting that the concerns are of divine and religious importance."

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