Dramatic Literature- Section A
26 July, 2010
Hamlet- Statement #2
Throughout literature, one role that has, and will always be, controversial yet crucial to the human condition is the idea of truth and falsehood, an idea that is brilliantly portrayed in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, where the protagonist Hamlet encounters this double standard. Hamlet is known as a truly universal character because he represents something more than a depressed prince in Denmark. Hamlet has every imperfection that nearly all people cannot confront themselves when they look in the mirror. Shakespeare uses Hamlet as the reflection of the audience in order to authenticate the actuality of their errors and to understand more about human nature. In more ways than one, Hamlet is the key to the center of the human conscience. In his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare proves the vast limitation of the human condition by strategically characterizing Hamlet as a confused, inert and lost soul, making the character of Hamlet one who seeks honesty, yet is overcome by his own deception and the deception of his society. Only Shakespeare was able to realize that a person’s true character is revealed when they are brought into an unknown world which is impossible for the person to control. For example, Hamlet is forced by society and his human condition to feel utter responsibility to avenge his father’s murder by his own uncle, King Claudius, who took over his father’s throne. It is in this tragically unexpected tragedy where Hamlet now is driven to seek the truth behind this murder, but it is in his own nature to doubt himself and cover up his vulnerability and fear of what is to come with a façade of deception and madness. He is naturally a contemplative man, so this fear of the unknown and his brutal honesty do not play towards his favor in any way. “You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops, you would pluck out the heart of my...
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