Hamlet Research It Is Doubtful Research Paper

Length: 6 pages Sources: 5 Subject: Literature Type: Research Paper Paper: #7639047 Related Topics: Hamlet Laertes, Hamlet Madness, Research, Suicide
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" This madness likely leads to Ophelia's suicide but, consistent with the entire theme of this play, the exact nature of Ophelia's demise is left to speculation.

The fascination with Hamlet is uncanny. What provides this fascination is the fact that there is always more to what is going on in the play than what actually appears to be. Observers of the play are left with an overwhelming feeling that they do not really understand what has gone on inside the confines of the play or why. As a result, one leaves the play questioning nearly everything. Halmet, the main character, is the personification of this confusion. Throughout the entire play he is plagued by a never ending incapacity to make a decision.

This confusion continues through nearly every character in the play. Claudius is an immoral murderer but, at the same time, he is a fair and competent ruler. Polonius is a loving and caring father but uses his children...

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Gertrude is a charming and gracious woman who may also be morally frail but is still willing to sacrifice herself in order to save her son. This theme of conflicting personality types is a constant of the play and is what leaves the observer wondering, "what went on and why?"

The appeal of Hamlet may lie in its ability to reflect in play form how uncertain life can be. (Lidz)Through the development of the characters in Hamlet Shakespeare demonstrates how frail and vulnerable human beings can be and that everyone is a living dichotomy; that there is good and bad in everyone.

Works Cited

Collier & Sons. Harvard Classics. Cambridge, MA: Collier & Sons, 1909.

Davies, Michael. Hamlet: Character Studies. Continuum, 2008.

Indick, William. Psychology for Screenwriters. Michael Wiese Production, 2004.

Lidz, Theodore. Hamlet's Enemy. 1990: International Universities Press, n.d.

Miner, Margaret. A Dictionary of Quotations from Shakespeare. Plume, 1996.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Simon & Schuster, Folger edition, 2003. Act I, Scene II.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Simon & Schuster. Folger edition, 2003. Act IV, Scene V.

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Simon & Schuster, 2003. Act IV, Scene IV, pp. 42-45.…

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Works Cited

Collier & Sons. Harvard Classics. Cambridge, MA: Collier & Sons, 1909.

Davies, Michael. Hamlet: Character Studies. Continuum, 2008.

Indick, William. Psychology for Screenwriters. Michael Wiese Production, 2004.

Lidz, Theodore. Hamlet's Enemy. 1990: International Universities Press, n.d.


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