Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

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Many people base their lives on the uncertainty they place around themselves. Thus causing many problems with being able to guarantee anything in day to day life. Is it certain that one will arrive to a destination unharmed? Can anyone’s safety be guaranteed? This same problem can be seen in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Hamlet’s whole life is based on uncertain ideas and in the end it collapses on him, as if he built a house on shifting sands. If there was no uncertainty in Hamlet, There would be no story line. As soon as Hamlet was told to kill Claudius, he would have killed him and avenged the murder, but because of the uncertainty he has to find out for certain what has arisen. In order to reduce uncertainty, one must ultimately research and deduce life’s choices. One is able to see where Hamlet struggles with uncertainty when he questions the reliability of the ghost, death, and the afterlife. A ghost can be deceitful, much like citizens that obtain information from misleading sources. Whether this is forming an opinion from an overheard conversation, or an article read from a paper, there is more research required to solidify one’s viewpoint. The same could be said about the ghost in Hamlet because in the book, The Greenwood Companion To Shakespeare: A Comprehensive Guide For Students, Rosenblum states, “His appearance is so ambiguous that not only Hamlet but also generations of scholars have questioned his authenticity.”(738). Hamlet knows of no reasons to

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