Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark By William Shakespeare Submitted by: Tariq Khan Dated: Monday, 24th September, 2012 Hamlet as a Tragedy by William Shakespeare 1.1. Brief Introduction to Tragedy: Greek and English: Elizabethan tragedy is traced back to Greek tragedy, since Greeks are said to have pioneered the Western knowledge, be it Science, Arts, or Humanities—not necessarily Technology. The rich contribution of Greek dramatists like Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus and Aristophanes, is noteworthy, towards the development of both Roman and English Drama. Though Roman Drama could not thrive much as to invite the attention of Western audience, but English Drama excelled in Elizabethan Age (due to the royal patronage), with…show more content…
On the other hand, Shakespearean tragedy radiates with strong characterization—round, of course—“Character is Destiny”. Sixthly, Pity and Fear for Catharsis are perhaps common in both the tradition of tragedies. And, lastly, the role of chorus (highlighting the past and intimating the future—pivotal to the plot), being common in Greek and English Tragedies, make them closer to each other. 1.2. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Hamlet by William Shakespeare is believed to be the Crown of Tragedies because of its thematic heterogeneity, stylistic features, rich characterization and appeal to Human Heart. A heart rending tragedy that overwhelms with revenge, filial love and introspection—explicitly exposed in four major Soliloquies by Hamlet, the prince. The said drama is equally fascinating to the students of history, philosophy, psychology, literature and perhaps many more. Though, it has flaws in its plot being unsystematic and less causative for the fulfilment of Organic Whole, yet the overall/final effect is quite impressive from artistic and literary viewpoints. Speeches of Polonius, Ophelia, Horatio, Claudius, and particularly the Hamlet’s glorify the drama; better illustrates and beautifies the tragedy, fulfilling the fundamentals of tragedy. Every character contributes, shares and cares, and above all, involved in the main action—action being the soul of drama! Internal and External Conflicts
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