Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Shakespeare was an amazing poet, actor and playwright. He wrote comedies, histories, and tragedies. His writings are still read today because of his use of language, complex characters, and common themes, such as love and hate. One of his most famous works of tragedy is the play Hamlet. This play is about Hamlet, a young prince who leads a life of privilege. Until tragedy strikes in the form of the death of the king, his father Hamlet. His world view changes from this point on. He becomes suspicious of all the people around him and rightly so as it turns out his uncle Claudius, the new king and his new stepfather, killed him. The death of his father and the betrayal of his mother so soon after makes him pretty cynical and reflective of life in general. Hamlet’s quote is tied into the philosophical position of moral relativism, which is the view that morality, ethical standards, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person’s individual choice.
People would like to think that there is good and bad and that everything can be categorized as so. One person may see an act as good while another person may see it as bad. This difference of opinions is because of the way the human mind perceives everything. Humans are similar in many ways, but we are also all unique in our own ways. In Hamlet many of the characters are quirky and lead different lives from servants to aristocrats. Living these lives changes a person's outlook on life. For

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