Hamlet

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"Hamlet's nature is philosophical, reflexive, prone to questioning and thus aware of larger moral implications of an act"

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' remains at the pinnacle of high culture texts and the cannon as one of the most iconic texts in the modern world. 'Hamlet' is a deeply philosophical in which grapples with metaphysical questions- existential in nature that underpins the human ethos. It is through the highly charged language, textual integrity and use of meta-theatrical techniques that ensure the play's modernity and continuing resonance in society through multiple perspectives.

Hamlet is a revenge tragedy play that reveals the conflicting social paradigms of patriarchal Elizabethan society in transition, wherein the forces of reformation and renaissance were usurping the older world of medieval feudalism and hierarchy. The play also reflects the concerns of a society that questioned their social roles particularly the divine and moral standards of the church and crown. The play captures the spirit of inquiry through its opening question "who's there?" revealing the play's search for identity and truth- both literal and metaphorical- in which Hamlet drives at the moral centre of the play.

'Hamlet' is essentially a grand narrative that follows the strictly controlled linear revenge tragedian format with Prince Hamlet as the avenging 'tragic hero'. His role is indeed profound and equivocal; he questions the nature of freewill whilst seeking affirmation through the 'ghost' to avenge his father's murder. Yet it is by Hamlet's pivotal flaws of hesitancy and uncertainty that he authors his own downfall and those innocents around him. Shakespeare reflects the conflicting values of his context through Hamlet's statement "o cursed spite that I was ever born to set it right" he is torn between conflicting notions of medieval paganism and vengeance opposed to Christian humanism that demanded restraint and rationality. Yet it is through Hamlet's melancholy...
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