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Hamlet Essay Examples

Hamlet and Lion King Comparison

...To summarize our Hamlet and Lion King Comparison Essay, Disney’s movie, The Lion King, embodied the Shakespearian work of Hamlet in a way that it brought the story of Hamlet back to life, with modern day morals and important life lessons. Even though Hamlet was very evil with its dark schemes and dialogue, it taught the lesson that seeking revenge on someone will get that person nowhere; they must step up and be the better person. Simba stated clearly in the fight against his uncle that he was...

Theme of Revenge in Hamlet

...While Hamlet takes the length of the play to take action, Laertes, upon hearing of his fathers’ murder, reacts swiftly and recklessly. He returns to Elsinore threatening to overthrow Claudius if he does not explain the death of Polonius. When Claudius tells Laertes that Hamlet is responsible, Laertes swears he will have his revenge; “Only I’ll be revenged. Most thoroughly for my father” (IV, v, 133-134). He immediately agrees to take part in the King’s plan to kill Hamlet. Laertes con...

5 Stages of Grief Hamlet

...The Royal family, in this scene, had only just recently lost their king before Claudius and Gertrude married and started their work as regents once again. The biggest implication of their being in the stage of denial is their preoccupation with Fortinbras’ perceived anger rather than Hamlet’s actual sadness. They are too in denial about their son’s and perhaps their own guilt and trauma that they do not help or address the grief at all. Gertrude is a perfect example of denial because of he...

Review of Mel Gibson as Hamlet

...Anyhow if the foundations of Gibson's execution are in the twentieth century, Close's are in the nineteenth. Generally she appears corseted and counterfeit, in the same way as a dramatic grande woman unable to relax. (Her passing scene, however, is a genuine corker.) Bates admissions better as Claudius, especially in the last scene when, by mishap, Gertrude drinks the toxic substance that he'd planted for Hamlet, and the look all over turns into that of a terrible doggy sitting tight for its di...

Play Hamlet vs. Mel Gibson's movie version

...As a result of these modifications, I felt this version of Hamlet was more fast-paced and engaging. It did not drag. I appreciated this production over the other Hamlet films I have seen, because it was made more interesting through director’s shifting camera technique. The setting and costumes of this play were also historically accurate for that time period. And the lighting was well done -not too dark. As far as the actors go, Mel Gibson gave an energetic interpretation of the melancholy H...

Hamlet Eulogy

...Good Hamlet was left stranded in centre of a court full of corruption, facing immediate grief regarding his father’s death and his mother’s almost immediate remarriage. It was through his unwavering courageousness and nobility that he was able to proceed with not only his task of avenging his father in ending the corrupted reign of King Claudius, but also in restoring natural order to our country. His courage proved unflinching when put to the ultimate test when he was presented with death a...

Hamlet Essay - Misogyny

...Additionally, she loses any respect that she had, along with her social status, because she has done something that is completely unacceptable for a young woman to do in such a society in that time. All of this ultimately causes Ophelia to take her own life as a way to end the chain reactions of heartbreak and misery that she has had to experience, all because she decided to go and lose her virginity to Hamlet. In conclusion, Shakespeare uses the patriarchal system to suggest men’s ability to ...

Hamlet's Emotions in the First Soliloquy

...In Hamlet's opinion his mother betrayed his fathers love. Also Hamlet feels too angry with his uncle, so he compares Claudius with his father, who was "so excellent a king" and says about the new king "that was, to this,/Hyperion to a satyr" (Shakespeare 42). The young Prince can't understand how his uncle can be a better king than his father. Hamlet is angry with Claudius because that "satyr" married his mother and called Hamlet his son, without asking his opinion or wish. Hamlet is not only an...

Creative Piece for as Level English Literature Coursework Comparing Two Film Adaptations of 'Hamlet'

...The use of modern CCTV may enforce the element of surveillance but their clumsy, intrusive functioning is more distractive rather than innovative. It is interesting however how Doran puts a camera in Hamlet’s hands to highlight that character’s observations of others. Onstage, Tennant made eye-contact with the audience, bringing viewers into the plot and the tense impression of the play; this quality was also apparent in the film where Tennant looks directly into the camera, enhancing the m...

Hamlet Questions and answers

...It seems that Hamlet is more confused than angry from his soliloquy. He has been raised in Catholicism and expects the reaction to the marriage of his uncle and mother to be as detested and disgusting throughout society, but notices how he is alone in his reaction. The double relation, uncle and father, is seen as incestuous and wrong, but he still is unable to know how to comfortably act towards the marriage. Throughout the soliloquy it is clear that Hamlet is more upset from his mother marryi...

Shakespeare's use of soliloquies to present Macbeth and Hamlet

...Ophelia’s thoughts about Hamlet are debateable as she makes no effort to see Hamlet and rejects his entreaties to see her and returns his letters; “I did repel his letters.” At no time does Ophelia ever give a sign of loving Hamlet nor does she say to anyone that she loves him. All in all, Shakespeare uses soliloquies to show the inner thoughts and feelings of Macbeth and Hamlet. The soliloquies bring to light what the characters are thinking. One significant link that can be noted is Haml...

Hamlet- Shakespeare dramatises the tension between Passion and Reason

...This complexity illuminates the challenging presentation of the traditional values of passion and rivalry. Hamlet is hence a universally valued text because of its diverse representation of traditional values which challenge the audience. Through the initial introduction to the Ghost the intertwining nature of passion and reason exposed through tension, challenges the notion of these concepts as separate values. The soliloquising of Hamlet in Act Two, depicts the over intellectualisation of pass...

Gilgamesh, Persepolis and Hamlet: Exam Paper

...B. In what ways do the aspects of Marjane’s journeys correspond and how do they deviate from Milum’s typology? Indicate those elements and characters of the Hero’s Journey present in Persepolis In what ways might they not follow the progression of stages that Milum details C. Can these same stages might be applied to the psycho-analytic (From the time one realizes the need to go to a therapist til one is cured) and or psycho-sexual developmental journey (from birth to adulthood) as describ...

Hamlet Act 5 Scene 5 Analysis

...In terms of personification/analogy, for Hamlet, he thinks he is not the one who should be blamed or punished rather his madness should be blamed as Hamlet`s enemy. “Let my disclaiming from a purposed evil Free me so far in your most generous thoughts That I have shot mine arrow o'er the house And hurt my brother.” In terms of analogy, Hamlet hints at Polonius` spying in Gertrude`s closet when Hamlet killed him by using “a purposed evil” and describes Polonius was accidental killed by hi...

The Role of Women in “Hamlet”

...Throughout literature women have been depicted as the temptress of man, conniving, and ultimately evil, but literature has also left it clear that without women there would be nothing to the story line, no drama would be inflicted on the characters, because without women men would not fight for a woman attention or listen to the conniving ideas to get her way with the world though deceiving acts. The two-dimensional portrayals of characters would not have a strong meaning without the passion and...

The Soliloquies of Hamlet

...It dawned on Hamlet that he had been thinking too much and acting too little. "Now, whether it be bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple of thinking too precisely on th' event, A thought which, quarter'd, hath but one part wisdom and ever three parts coward, I do not know why yet I live to say, "This thing's to do" (1342). With his newfound determination to avenge his father's murder, he vows, "O, from this time forth, my thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth" (1342). There is no doubt that ...

Imagery in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

...It is evident that Shakespeare uses the imagery of poison, decay and disease to develop and enhance the various conflicts surrounding the play and also the heavy, disarrayed atmosphere hovering over it. In Hamlet we truly see what a great deal of depth imagery provides us with. The imagery of disease, poison and decay gives us a chance to truly understand the complicated emotions that the characters experience in their mind and soul. The reader perceives the pervasive chaotic mood, helping them...

Compare and contrast Hamlet vs. Laertes

...With life comes experience. Every moment one lives, is a lesson, a lesson on how to act and react in every situation. Individuals can be reared with similar parenting, family and school environment, and still react quite differently under the same set of circumstances. When one is faced with a situation so extreme as avenging a loved ones death, it is impossible and wrong to say that another would have done the same in that situation. The challenges of life are what guide one to the next level; ...

Analysis of the story "Shakespeare in the bush"

...Reexamining the argument, which fueled this story, it is clear to see that the author's friend was correct. The difference in culture had a large impact on the interpretation of Hamlet. The argument Laura Bohannan presents is flawed. Even though the Tiv elder was able to loosely predict the outcome of the story, Bohannan failed to prove that the plot and motives of Shakespeare's great tragedies were universal. The Tiv had very different rationalizations for the plot progression and the character...

Relationship between Hamlet and Rosencrantz

...In comparing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern relationship with Hamlet to Horatio's relationship with Hamlet, it is clear that Horatio was a better friend. From the initial meeting of the two sets of friends to how they treated the main character, Horatio proved to be kinder to Hamlet throughout. First of all, the fact that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are called to Denmark by the King and Queen and did not come because they wanted to see their friend is very telling of the level of friendship they ...

Hamlet- His Procrastination and Its Causes

...Cedric Watts stresses perhaps the most important belief in the analysis of Hamlet: '"'there is no master-Hamlet to be discovered by poring over the text, and we don"'"t need such a discovery'"' ('"'On the Many Interpretations of Hamlet'"' 63). Watts stresses that Hamlet was written not to be interpreted in one sole fashion, but to be interpreted in a multitude of different ways. The joy in trying to read Hamlet and analyze the reasons for his procrastination lay in the fact that, '"'if we fail t...

Hamlet thesis on decay and corruption

...William Shakespeare uses act three to further develop the theme of physical and emotional decay and corruption in Hamlet. The pinnacle of act three is Hamlet's production of The Mousetrap. The and the majority of the act deals with the rising action of the preparation for the play, the climax of the play and Claudius' reaction to it, and the falling action of Hamlet's confrontation with Claudius and Gertrude. Decay and Corruption can be seen in all parts of act three through the actions, dialogu...

The theme of Hamlet: Death and Decay

...Shakespeare wrote Hamlet with lots of imagery and they do not limit the mind to one theme opposed to another but instead the images evoke and expand the mind. Personally the images gave me the impression of an ongoing theme of death and decay throughout the whole play. As reported by Ball " images evoke and expand, rather that define and limit. As reported by Ball images call up associations that are not the same for everyone so a different idea can be formed from everyone. That is why the discu...

Betrayal in Hamlet

...Through their own characteristics, Gertrude, Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Gildernstern helped illustrate Hamlet's personality throughout the play. "Frailty thy name is woman" may have been Shakepeare's attitude about the female characters of the play; however, this weak and naive characteristic that he placed on the female roles was a necessity to the play. Hamlet's immature, unpredictable and insane behaviour could not have been defined if the female roles had not existed in the plot to shape his t...

Hamlet through his foils - Laertes, Fortinbras and Horatio

...Hamlet's characteristics can be seen through his foils. Horatio and Hamlet hold the same position in education and studied at the same university. They are both religious and courageous figures. They differ in terms of their nobility and constant moods. Fortinbras and Hamlet share lineage and nobility but are different in terms of aggressiveness and philosophical nature, or lack there of. Laertes and Hamlet are both impulsive, good with sneaky male parentage. They differ in terms of their nobili...

Corruption within Hamlet

...He tells Laertes the same thing as he attempts to soothe the young man's anger after his father's death. Claudius is ultimately too crafty for his own good. Rather than allowing Laertes only two methods of killing Hamlet, the sharpened sword and the poison on the blade, Claudius insists on a third, the poisoned goblet. When Gertrude inadvertently drinks the poison and dies, Hamlet is at last able to bring himself to kill Claudius, and the king is felled by his own cowardliness and corruptive nat...

Perception of a Tragic Hero: "Hamlet"

...What divides our society on a literary level is the understanding of meanings and perspective on which we see them in. Because of our culture, the audience has the ability to analyze in a way impossible in Shakespearian time. It is understandable now that Laertes is an inspirational character that was destined on a path of failure. Despite all obstacles, he accomplished his task, which represents the ambition and virtue within all people. This inspiring struggle symbolizes similar hardships know...

Hamlet and Horatio in Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

...Hamlet values Horatio's qualities and respects him for his attributes. According to Hamlet, it is because of Horatio's qualities that Hamlet chooses him as his friend, stating that ", "Give me that man / That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him / In my heart's core, ay, in my heart of heart, / As I do thee". Hamlet respects this because Horatio possesses the qualities, such as the balance between reason and action, which Hamlet does not have. If Hamlet had possessed such qualities, he w...

Theme of Revenge in William Shakespeare's Play Hamlet

...Revenge shapes the entire plot of Hamlet and could be blamed for corrupting Hamlet and Laertes, making them almost as evil as the person who started all the problems. Shakespeare highlights the moral implications of revenge, and how a person can be corrupted by their need for revenge. The somewhat clichéd saying 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' is outlined perfectly in Hamlet. You cannot receive a punch, return a punch and then all be friends. The second that revenge is planned, a horri...

Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead

...The great historical events of the 20th century had caused great social upheaval, new ways of death and destruction had been invented, it was these uncertainties that affected Stoppard's work and it is these ideas that he captured and contrasted with Hamlets certainties. Stoppard takes the approach of showing that the characters in his text have no choice and their actions are predetermined such as stated by the player when referring to destiny "It is written" where as Shakespear's Hamlet's char...

Hamlet's Growth Through Soliloquies

...Through Hamlet's soliloquies we are able to understand his true self, not the false facade he portrays to all that know him. We are able to trace his thoughts and emotions from his first passive act up until he finally avenges his father. Hamlet's tragic flaw is his inability to act which ultimately leads to the deaths of many characters and lastly himself. Without soliloquies many of Hamlet's actions, and reasons for not acting, would make very little sense. They help show Hamlet's true feeling...

Hamlet: The Tragic Hero

...In the end of the play, we see that Hamlet's inability to act causes his tragic demise. Hamlets failure to revenge his father when he should have, costs him not only his life, but also his mother's. In the final scene, Hamlet duels with Laertes, who has conspired with the King to kill Hamlet. In the King's attempt to kill Hamlet, he accidentally poisons the Queen. Laertes delivers the fatal wound to Hamlet with a sword dipped in a deadly poison and it is only with his final life breath that Haml...

Hamlets Fatal Flaw

...In the end of the play, we see that Hamlet's inability to act causes his tragic demise. Hamlets failure to revenge his father when he should have, costs him not only his life, but also his mother's. In the final scene, Hamlet duels with Laertes, who has conspired with the King to kill Hamlet. In the King's attempt to kill Hamlet, he accidentally poisons the Queen. Laertes delivers the fatal wound to Hamlet with a sword dipped in a deadly poison and it is only with his final life breath that Haml...

Hamlet: Divine Intervention and the Natural Order

...As well as altering the perception of the audience, the play itself can be viewed in a new light: Shakespeare's Hamlet had yet another underlying meaning. Along with concepts of revenge, ambition, love, marriage, gender, class structure, morality, betrayal and deceit, appearances and reality and madness, the idea that evil does not go unpunished can be expounded to include God as a punisher, hunting down every little transgression and demanding payment in triplicate; payable with ones eternal so...

Death theme In the play "Hamlet" by Shakespeare

...Upon conversing with his dead father, Hamlet's mind becomes occupied with the death-provoking demands of revenge from the Ghost. From a young man fearing for Death and still longing to live his youthful life, Hamlet becomes a murderer, accepting Death as inevitable and letting it control his life. Hamlet fascination with death grows and he no longer considers his actions, wanting only to complete his vengeance, and pays no heed to what other circumstances his actions may bring. Although he weeps...

Disease, Decay and Poison in Hamlet

...In Hamlets first soliloquy, he says: Things rank and gross in nature, possess it merely? (I.ii.140-141). Hamlet apparently feels that the whole world is diseased. The sickness motif plays a significant role in the characterization of Hamlet, as it is extended with questions of Hamlets mental health as the story progresses. Hamlets dialogues related sickness and disease throughout the play reflects not only the outward condition which causes Hamlets spiritual illness, but also his own state. Inde...

Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet)

...Ophelia is different from Gertrude. She is innocent, and naïve with no experience in life. She does love Hamlet with her pure heart, but she is also too submissive to her dad Polonius and brother Laertes. As they claim Hamlet is dangerous, that Hamlet's "will is not his own" and that she should "fear" him, she does not try to oppose him, or justify Hamlet's "affections" instead she tells Laertes that he "shall keep the key" of her memory. Polonius insults her and Hamlet's love, responding to he...

Hamlet by William Shakespeare - Ophelia Character Analysis

...At first glance Ophelia seems like a simple character. However, an in depth reading of her character proves otherwise. Although Ophelia can be argued as a woman who is weak, frail and ultimately driven to madness by the death of her father and her love for Hamlet, an understanding of feminism and historical context helps the audience to better understand Ophelia's complicated character which can have multiple readings. However, as a poorly developed character we are able to make our own judgemen...


FAQ about Hamlet


❓ How does the impossibility of certainty affect Hamlet?

...Some people have made of Hamlet a play about indecisiveness, and thus a play about Hamlet’s failure to act. However, when he finally thinks he has obtained the truth, he takes action in a rapid and rash way: he kills Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guild ...

❓ Compare and Contrast the Ways in Which Shakespeare and Webster Present Hamlet and Bosola as Tragic Heroes.

...Allan, Phillip. Hamlet: Phillip Allan Literature Guide for A-Level. Hodder Education: Oxford shire, 2011. Bell, Millicent. Hamlet, Revenge! The Hudson Review, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Summer, 1998), pp. 310-328. Boas, George. The Evolution of the Tragic Hero. ...

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