Analysis Of Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet '

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Suraj Aulakh Ms. Curran ENG4U1-09 8 May 2015 To Think or Not to Think Have you ever lost your mind completely because of thinking too much or just completely failed at a certain task because you didn’t put in any thought whatsoever? Shakespeare has written numerous profound plays and overtime he has come up with a diverse “roster of character types: avengers, clowns, courtiers, kings, lovers, madmen, malcontents, scholars, soldiers, villains … but no thinker” ( ). What is interesting about Hamlet is that it’s ingenious how Shakespeare illuminates the human experience through having the protagonist of the play fall in a tragedy of inaction rather than action. Through juxtapositions and countless soliloquies, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has demonstrated to the world that it is fatal to overthink a situation, however, it can be equally as harmful to act irrationally or impulsively. The key is to put in a reasonable amount of thought and then take action after a respectable time frame and with careful consideration. In Hamlet, indecisiveness is shown as the vehicle for the cause of an incomplete task. Hamlet is a philosophical individual and has a habit of overthinking using his philosophical approach to things. This chronic thinking is what impairs his judgement and ability to reason and function normally, further making him irrational and paranoid. When the ghost tells Hamlet that his father had been murdered by King Claudius, Hamlet says “Haste me to the thoughts of
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