Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

1492 Words Feb 14th, 2016 6 Pages
One must always be able to see the flaws in their idols. The play Hamlet centers on protagonist Hamlet as he questions whether to take revenge against his uncle for killing his father or leave him alive. Written by William Shakespeare in the early 17th century, Hamlet addresses motifs of indecisiveness, insanity, as well as death and suicide. Furthermore, the majority of these motifs are left up to interpretation. Throughout the play, the family, friends, and acquaintances of Hamlet insist that he has lost his mind drowning in his melancholy over his father’s death. Some may argue that he remains in this state of mind throughout the play. However, it is clear that Hamlet develops more clarity of thought by his final soliloquy. Through the contrast between Hamlet’s thoughts and actions in Act II and IV, Shakespeare effectively establishes Hamlet’s sanity by the end of the play. Furthermore, through this Shakespeare also establishes the catalyst behind Hamlet’s decisions in his third and sixth soliloquies to be his idolization of others. The fact that Hamlet looks at situations with a narrowed perspective contributes to his lack of clarity of thought at the beginning of the play. Furthermore, the fact that Hamlet is able to look as situations with a more broad perspective by Act 4 establishes his character development. In his third soliloquy, Hamlet states in lines 563-565, “What would he do/ Had he the motive and the cue for passion/ That I have? He would drown the stage…
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