The Themes of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

The Themes of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
This paper describes the themes inherent in Shakespeare's classic play, "Hamlet."
# 117654 | 1,963 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2009 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Hamlet)

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This paper explores the themes in "Hamlet" by analyzing select passages of dialogue from Hamlet's soliloquy "To Be or Not to Be". The paper also examines the relationships between the characters. In particular, the paper analyzes the play's exemplification of the themes of death, spirituality, truth, revenge, betrayal, deception, justice, grief, suicide, murder, and mystery.

From the Paper:

"Conflicted, Hamlet is also pondering his responsibility to pay the debts (his quietus) he owes Claudius and his father. Hamlet owes a debt, death, to Claudius because Claudius killed the king. Hamlet owes his father a debt, vengeance. But there's a lovely double entendre. Quietus also means death so even while he is talking about paying his debts to Claudius and his father, Hamlet is still talking about committing suicide with the bare bodkin, a dagger. As if that weren't complicated enough, there's also the rub that killing Claudius is murder, also a sin, leading to the same problems after death that make suicide problematic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Flachmann, Michael Hamlet: Symbolic Layers. Midsummer Magazine, 1997
  • Raffel, Burton & Shakespeare, William. . Yale University Press; New Ed edition (October 1, 2003)

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