Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Hamlet is arguably one of the greatest tragedies in all of literature and when most people think of tragic plays, they think of none other than the one who wrote it, William Shakespeare. This classic story of revenge excites it’s readers with its main character, Prince Hamlet, who goes through the unique human-like process of revenge that is often overlooked. Many other stories rely heavily on the logic of good people doing good things and bad people doing bad things just for the sake of their nature. This is not the case since Shakespeare includesShakespeare’s writing, there is the added element of the human conscience in his writing. In this play, we can observe the sense of virtue that everyone has. For instance, we could look at…show more content…
The excerpt sets up the climax of the play and an end to his indecisiveness. His soliloquy comes after Rosencrantz tells Hamlet that a group of traveling group of players, that he once enjoyed, are in Elsinore and are coming to entertain him. When the players arrive, Hamlet pleads for them to give a speech about the death of Priam, the king of Troy, who was killed by Pyrrhus as revenge for the death of his father, Achilles. After the speech, he plans for the next day and asks one of the players to perform The Murder of Gonzago with an included additional speech written by Hamlet, which is a trap to “catch the conscience of the king.” (2.2.558) Shakespeare starts the passage with self-criticism and Hamlet saying that he is alone. At first glance, the reader may overlook this line and perceive it this as Hamlet being physically alone since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have just exited the stage, but this could also be looked at on a emotional non-physical level. Even though Horatio and Marcellus knew of the encounter, he alone is tasked by the ghost of his late father to avenge his death by himself. His feigning insanity isn’t helping him either, as many began to shun him and eventually go as far as sending to send him off to England. In this soliloquy, Hamlet is noticeably tough on himself. He sullies his name multiple times by using different descriptions. When Hamlet first reflects on himself, he Hamlet first reflects upon himself and calls

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