Hamlet by William Shakespeare

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Many can feel lost at times because, but the confusion only allows them to see themselves. Individuals lose themselves in the state confusion, but can learn things that they never knew. Characters in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead lose themselves in confusion but realize something new about themselves. Different characters face realization through different feelings, such as uncertainty, distraction, and agitation. Even though confusion leads an individual’s thoughts into turmoil, confusion will allow the individual to change in a positive or negative way. Individuals will react differently to situations and have different outcomes, but they will all go through the same process of battling against their own minds in order…show more content…
When uncertainty brings about fears that can lead an individual mad, it can also help an individual realize that he does not need to worry about his fears and can overcome it. Rosencrantz shows fear in gambling, but gathers the courage to take more chances and overcomes his fears. Rosencrantz’s fear of always winning gambles weakens his senses. Rosencrantz starts to lose his senses because he has defied the laws of probability, since he and Guildenstern have flipped a coin and called it correctly eighty five times in a row. Rosencrantz shares that “I’m afraid it isn’t your day” (Stoppard 15). Rosencrantz feels that he cannot make an accurate gamble because all the chances favor in his success. Rosencrantz begins a mental battle within himself about whether he should take any more gambles, since the coin incident can mislead him or can help him win. In the end, Rosencrantz decides to follow his id, showing that he can make good decisions without the help of other. Rosencrantz cannot determine what actions he should take since his id and ego battle against each other with the outcomes of the coin flips. After the coin flip incident, Rosencrantz accepts the request to take Hamlet to England. Rosencrantz bases his judgment from the “statistics can be selected to support any argument”, but “Mass acceptance of falsehoods is dangerous” (“Analysis”). Rosencrantz ends up losing his own life by basing his decision on winning a few coin flips.

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