Hamlet Cause And Effect Essay

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American preacher,editor, and poet Edwin Hubbel Chapin once said that “every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.” The quote explains that an individual 's actions can have an effect on this world, another individual or another 's life. One’s actions tend to demonstrate the characteristics of which they possess thus, defining them as a person. However, these characteristics and actions not only affect the individual, but others around them as well. This creates a cause and effect system throughout their life, which impacts various relationships for that individual. In William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet, Hamlet’s actions have a tremendous effect on both the play and its characters. Hamlet’s hesitation,…show more content…
Therefore, Hamlet suffers the consequences from the king and the family of Polonius. Hamlet’s hesitation leads the readers to the true understanding of his characteristics. However, his hesitation leads to the death of characters such as Polonius and even himself towards the end of the play. This all proves the cause and effect that Hamlet’s actions have on both the play and the characters themselves.

As the hesitation that Hamlet possesses affect both the plot and its characters, his madness also contributes to the death of many characters within the play, having a cause and effect system on their lives. For example, at the beginning of the play, Hamlet pretends to be insane in order to confuse the rest of the kingdom. In his state of “insanity”, Hamlet forces himself into Ophelia’s bedroom, behaving like a mad man, both insulting her and announcing that he is no longer in love with her. “I have heard of your paintings too, well enough. God has given you one face and you make yourselves another. You jig and amble, and you lisp, you nickname God’s creatures and make your wantonness your ignorance. Go to, I’ll no more on ’t. It hath made me mad. I say, we will have no more marriages. Those that are married already, all but one, shall live. The rest shall keep as they are. To a nunnery, go.” ( Act 3, Scene 1, William Shakespeare) By doing this, Hamlet is able to convince many that his madness
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