December 10, 2012
Hamlet the Philosopher
Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, is an Elizabethan tragedy. Hamlet, a young Prince of Denmark, suffers a dilemma between the unrelenting ambition of revenge and clashing moral standards. This is very much a play about reven...
"To be or not to be- that is the question..." (III. i. 56)- so starts Hamlet's most famous and well-known soliloquy. In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, the main character- Hamlet- goes through many transitions. These changes are very apparent through his soliloquies, each of which shows him in a diffe...
Shakespeare’s Othello and Hamlet
Comparison and Contrast
By Ankur Chauhan
Comparisons between plays can always be made; the question is, how useful are they? The core comparison that springs to mind between these two plays, Othello and Hamlet, is that these are both tragedies driven by charac...
"Everything is made for an end; everything is necessarily for the best end (Voltaire 16)." This philosophical view that Pangloss, Candide's tutor, teaches Candide is a view that is discussed throughout the novel; a philosophy that wracks the mind of Candide until he knows this belief is one that can...
The obscurity of human thought and sentiment inhibits the possibility of
understanding an individual's actions. The human mind is composed of its own
due process, which, in certain individuals, might disable the ability to make
decisions and act. In the play Hamlet the protagonist is m...
Bernardo: Who's there?
Francisco: No, stand and show yourself.
Bernardo: Long live the king!
Francisco: You are right on time.
Bernardo: It's midnight; go to bed, Francisco.
Francisco: Thank you. Its very cold, and I'm upset.
Bernardo: Has it been...
14 DARK TALES
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The Humanities, Vocationalism and the Public Good: Exploring ‘the Hamlet Factor’
The humanities, like most academic disciplines, face questions of popular and public perception. The sciences, for instance, increasingly attract challenges, sometimes of dubious validity, from pas...
The Social and Psychological Influences on Hamlet
In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the influence of Hamlet’s psychological and social states display his dread of death but his need to avenge his father’s death. In turn, these influences illuminate the meaning of the play by revealing H...
Compare the ways in which Shakespeare and Plath explore the theme of mortality in Hamlet and Lady Lazarus.
In both Lady Lazarus and Hamlet the semantic field of mortality and death can be clearly seen. Hamlet’s second soliloquy, ‘To be or not to be’ can be found in act three, when Polonius...
The Ambiguity of Hamlet
William Shakespeare’s, Hamlet, is a tragedy of a young prince who is faced with the responsibility of getting vengeance for his father’s murder. This clever prince decides to fake madness as part of his plan to gain the opportunity to kill Claudius –his uncle and king...
CU Senior English 2
21 Oct. 2008
Hamlet Dialect Essay
It is understood that in The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare; Hamlet, in his famous soliloquy in scene one of act three (“To be or not to be…”), is considering suicide. Hamlet in actuality is...
The changing understanding of human nature in Hamlet
In the story of Hamlet there are observable human characteristics that reveal natural human emotion in response to tragedy. In the beginning of the story Hamlet grieves over his father’s death. Then soon after the death of Hamlet's beloved fat...
The story Hamlet is centralized around one common theme that stands as the constant dynamic struggle. Death threads its way through the entirety of†Hamlet, from the opening scene's confrontation with a dead man's ghost to the bloodbath of the final scene, which leaves almost every main character d...
Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s tragic plays, portrays the story of a young man’s quest to avenge his murdered father and his quest to find his true identity. In his soliloquies, Prince Hamlet reveals to the readers his personal perceptions of the events that take place in his homeland, Denmark, a...
Quotes for Deception/Lies
Why seems it so particular with thee?
Seems, madam! nay it is; I know not 'seems.'
'Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
No, nor the fruitful river...
Welcome to Elsinore, Denmark, land of the recently deceased King who likes to chill out in ghost form at night on the castle battlements. This has put the castle guards a little on edge so, they call in Horatio, a college pal of Prince Hamlet (son of the deceased King), who confirms that, yep, there...
The words “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” are spoken by Marcellus. This statement could refer to many things about Denmark that are “rotten” as the play is full of disputes and corruption.
The play starts off with a mental conflict in the minds of Horatio, Bernardo and Marcell...
It is usual for Shakespeare’s plays for the main theme to be reflected throughout, in subsidiary incidents and subplots. C.S. Lewis claimed “the subject of Hamlet is death” which arguably cannot be disputed, with the entire plot being centered on Hamlet’s quest for revenge of his father’s...
This particular speech has become more famous than most of Shakespeare’s soliloquies and is quoted on a daily basis. The meaning of the soliloquy is quite simple. Hamlet is on the verge of committing suicide and starts by questioning whether or not it is better to live or...