Reality by Thought
Everyone has his or her own ideas about what happens in life and everyone lives in the same reality. However everyone’s perception of that reality is different. It’s different because our ideas shape our views of what is happening around us. William Shakespeare explored this idea in his play Hamlet. One of Hamlet’s lines is “For there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it/ so” (2.2.271-272). The way humans perceive reality depends solely upon our ideas and our perception of the activities around us.
When this phrase was used by Hamlet he was referring to Denmark. He was talking to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern about why they were in Denmark. Because of previous events Hamlet is unhappy about being in Denmark and says “Denmark’s a prison” (2.2.262). Hamlet’s perception of Denmark was that he was trapped there and couldn’t get away no matter what. He was mad about his mother getting remarried because he idolized his father and felt that his mother couldn’t do any better “So excellent a king, that was this
Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother
That he might not beteem the winds of heaven
Visit he face too roughly” (1.2.143-146).
It also upset him that Gertrude was married so soon after his father died. Hamlet learned that his uncle, Claudius, killed his father and that added to the anger that he felt and the trapped feeling that brewed inside him from being in Denmark. However in everyone else’s view, Denmark is a country not a prison and there was nothing physically keeping Hamlet inside the borders. It was his feelings and ideas that trapped him. Realistically Hamlet could have left at any time he only had to get permission from the king, and Claudius saw nothing wrong with him and most likely would have let him leave if he really wanted to. But instead Hamlet felt the need to stay and possibly “protect” his mother from the king who he viewed as a monster. But the rest of the...
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