Hamlet - The Imbalance of the Idealistic Mind and Human Nature

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Hamlet - The Imbalance of the Idealistic Mind and Human Nature

It is often heard: Nobody is Perfect. This phrase is often used as a rationalization of foolish human mistakes that could have been prevented. However, this statement has a much more profound significance. It contains an important lesson that guides or rather should guide people through life. By admitting that nobody is perfect, the individual demonstrates a deeper understanding of the human nature and inner self. This knowledge is essential to the individual's creation of healthy relationships with one's surrounding. For as Robert A. Johnson asserts in his book, He, "perfection or a good score is not required; but consciousness is"(76). In William Shakespeare's
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He looked upon his parent's relationship as the ultimate harmony and happiness that one could gain from life. In his mind, the idealized majestic couple was flawless, and thus, the goal that all human beings should be striving for. His father was the epitome of masculinity, independent of any feminine control and with "grace seated on his brow:/ Hyperion's curls, the front of Jove himself,/ And eye like Mars, to threaten and command"(3, IV, 55-57). Queen Gertrude, on the other hand, was the wise wife and caring mother, which added perfection and glory to King Hamlet. Together, they formed the eternal power.

However, this idealistic perception comes crushing down as the king dies and the queen remarries. With his father's death, Hamlet loses the idea of immortality According to which Death would avoid the majestical "Hercules"(1, II, 153), for whom it had respect and fear. Along with the vanquished idea of immortality, Hamlet loses a patriarch to look up to. Even though, the prince is thirty-three years old, due to his sheltered existence, he cannot be considered a fully mature man capable of taking on his responisibilities. Lacking the strength a true hero should have, his mother's remarriage further overwhelms Hamlet and throws him into despair. The once glorified Queen Gertrude becomes the "unweeded garden/ That grows to seed, things rank and

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