Hamlet as Victim and Hero Essay

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Hamlet as Victim and Hero

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, a Shakespearean tragedy, tells the story of Prince Hamlet, who gained the knowledge of a terrible incident that his kingdom had suffered. Claudius, the king of Denmark and Hamlet's uncle, had killed his own brother, the king, who was also the father of Hamlet, and married his brother's widow. Hamlet suffered these traumas to a severe degree, and his only relief was to defeat his human weaknesses and correct the wrongs created by his uncle.

The soliloquy selected to describe the emotions of Hamlet, after discovering the evil doings of his uncle, is found within the lines one hundred twenty-nine to one hundred fifty-nine (Hamlet Prince 71). Hamlet's first reaction
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Hamlet's Mouse Trap commented that "suicide means death of the mind in symbolic unproductivity due to self-destructive tendencies" (91). Hamlet, with his rapid and witty thoughts, could not become inactive in his mind.

Hamlet showed disgust during the lines one hundred thirty-three through one hundred thirty-seven in which he questioned the purpose of the world (Hamlet Prince 71). He felt that the world's only purpose was to raise "weeds." Those weeds or the things that are "rank and gross in nature," represented the wicked people of the world that were in power. It is evident throughout these lines that he has strong feelings of mistrust and hatred towards his uncle. It is undetermined if Hamlet ever thought that his mother was also a murderess who helped devise the plan to kill the king. Hamlet's anger is justified, as his trust was lost in almost everyone that was close to him.

Hamlet reconciles his mother's hasty actions after the death of his father in lines one hundred thirty-seven through one hundred fifty-seven (Hamlet Prince 71). He begins with, "But not two months dead! --Nay, not so much, not two," which clearly shows disgust in the hastiness of the marriage between his mother and his uncle. His ideas and feelings jump around throughout this group of lines, which also demonstrates a nervous anger. He remembers how "excellent a king" his father was and how "loving [he was] to [Hamlet's] mother" (Hamlet

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