"Hamlet": Dark Prince of Denmark Book Review

"Hamlet": Dark Prince of Denmark
A discussion of Shakespeare's monumental play, "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", describing Hamlet's descent into madness, both real and imagined.
# 128674 | 1,121 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Aug 03, 2010 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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Focusing on Shakespeare's "Hamlet," this paper poses questions - What is madness? What is evil? Can an act of madness drive a man into insanity itself? The paper discusses in detail the protagonist's feelings of guilt, resentment, duty, and grief, and how those emotions war with one another. The paper also illustrates how this play differs from Shakespeare's other work, noting that, upon closer inspection, Hamlet calls into question much of what is taken for granted at first glance. The paper opines that "Hamlet" is a bold play, though not blatant in its message; the work itself deals in subtleties and secrets. The paper concludes that "Hamlet" cannot be taken at face value, but must be read with an open mind, and its puzzling knots unraveled gently.

From the Paper:

"Another theme is destiny. Hamlet seems to both lament and revel in his lot, alternately bemoaning his vengeful fate and throwing venomous words at his uncle and mother. He struggles with his father's charge - to avenge - but eventually seems to resign himself to the fact that, tied up in his love for his father and a son's duty, he may never have had a choice in the first place. Is destiny a conjuration of the mind? It is possible that the concept of destiny represents a composite of coincidence, desire, human loyalties and expectations, nothing more."

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