Hamlet's Paradox of Man

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Shakespeare was a man ahead of his time. He was a man who had an ability to portray the inner workings of humanity. Throughout his masterful works he was able to peer into the human psyche and capture emotions like no other writer has been able to do. He filled every one of his plays, most notably Hamlet, with eternal truths concerning human emotions. Shakespeare develops the paradox of man and contradictions of humanity with imagery, ironic siloques, and philosophical rants by Hamlet and Claudius. No one has ever returned from the dead. Nobody knows exactly what life after death is like. This is the thesis of Hamlet's first paradox. The saying that "grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" does not hold true when…show more content…
Shakespear touches upon this through the character of Claudius. Claudius kills his brother in order to become king of Denmark. He feels bad for what he did but doesn't want to give up his crown. Claudius tries to pray but realizes it is in vane. ". . .But, O, what form of prayer/ Can serve my turn? ‘Forgive me my foul murder '?/ That cannot be, since I am still possessed/ Of these effects for which I did the murder" (III.iii.51-54). The paradox is buried in the labyinth of humanity's selfish way of thinking. Society as a whole dearly hangs on a to the things that it ihas gathered even if illegally or immorally taken. While one may feel bad about i, we don't do much to compensate those who were cheated. People go through life always feeling bad for one thing or another that they have done wrong. However, they can rarely give up what they have gotten through that sin. Shakespeare portrays the paradox grandly in Claudius's speech "May one be pardoned and retain th' offense?" (III.iii.56). This happened to all at one time or another, and for Shakespeare to incorporate it in this book during the sixtennth century as a universal truth of the human psyche is ground breaking. Shakespeare is a master of human emotions that he shows it wonderfully in Hamlet. The paradox of man is a testament to the unigueness and contradiction of humanity. The ironies involved in this paradox of human emotions are a testament
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