Hamlet's Psychological Aspect

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Hamlet’s psychological aspect Introduction I decided to do this research work because I have enjoyed a lot reading this play: Hamlet. The inner motivations and psyche of this character have captured my attention. Therefore, the aim of this research is to depict Hamlet’s attitudes during the play. I will try to approach to his real feelings on life and death taking into consideration what critics and researchers have said about Hamlet. In order to clarify Hamlet’s personality and behaviour, I will provide some aspects of the historical context in which Shakespeare was inspired to write this play, and a brief summary of it to take into account the plot. Finally, I will make a conclusion in which I will try to summarise…show more content…
¬¬¬¬¬ Another important thing that researchers point out about Hamlet is that he has got an enigmatic personality. While speaking, he sounds mysterious as if there were something important hidden in his speech, even something he is not aware of. In addition to this, another important aspect to highlight about his psyche is his extremely philosophical and contemplative attitude, which has led him to face difficult questions. What is more, questions that cannot be answered with any certainty. The clearest example is the well known soliloquy in act 3 scene 1: “To be, or not to be – that is the question; whether ‘tis nobler in mind to suffer¬¬¬¬¬¬¬ the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them? To die, to sleep – no more, and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to. ‘Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep...” Hamlet is debating, perhaps, whether to take action to revenge his father’s death, which would in all probability result in him losing his own life, or to leave things as they are. This leads him to question whether life is worth living at all. < http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/hamlet/canalysis.html > However, despite being thoughtful to the point of obsession, other researchers assert that Hamlet acts impulsively and behaves rashly.
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