Hamlet and Identity Crisis Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Hamlet and Identity Crisis
A look at the premise that the character of Hamlet had a form of identity crisis in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet".
# 116092 | 1,505 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Aug 26, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper contends that Hamlet, as the protagonist in Shakespeare's work by the same name, did not know himself, and in this farce of identity commits acts of treason, of disloyalty and the denouement, the blood bath at the end of Shakespeare play and proves to be a lessening of personal identity. The paper discusses how Hamlet's own identity is lost to the rising delusions of his father's ghost, and the plot thickening of betrayal which Hamlet himself plays a hand and is dealt a hand.

From the Paper:

"The scene when Hamlet meets his father's supposed ghost is one in which fate is mentioned. Any device used in literature to make of the character a tool for fate is, in its entirety, using fate as a scapegoat for actions. In fate is found the lessening of a man. His actions are not controlled by his own will but instead are parlayed into the compartments of the hierarchy of gods, of wishes and destiny: A man knows himself through the choice and follow through of his own actions. Hamlet does choose revenge but in this he is guided and pushed by his father's ghost. As Horatio contends, after Hamlet's departure to bear witness to his father's ghosts, "He waxes desperate with imagination" (Act One, Scene Four, line 87). In this simple phrase is found the rudimentary beginnings of Hamlet's downfall. In Hamlet's imagination there is a world of difference between the reality of the play and what the reader is led to believe through Hamlet's soliloquies. "

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