Madness versus Reality in 'Hamlet'

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Running Head: Hamlet Madness Versus Reality A tragic story motivated by revenge leads to a tragic end with avenger's hunger for revenge results in death of the murderer and most often demise of the avenger himself. Revenge tragedies share within themselves some common aspects; sub plots, madness, passion, one or more violent scenes and a main character filled with hate for a significant opponent usually due to a crime committed against the avenger or the main character. Since authorities of the land deny him justice he decides to take his revenge by himself. In an instance where the avenger himself dies then many plays reveal the appearance of avenger's ghost who seeks revenge through unnatural means of fear and support from others (Stoll, 1908). Problem plays were one of the Shakespeare's specialties and a play like Hamlet which is a master piece in problem plays, drew attention of masses towards him. The term was coined in 19th century. Shakespeare has written other plays sharing the same theme out of which All's Well that End's Well, Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure are the most eminent ones. Shakespeare's Hamlet highlights the intense emotions which have tendency of controlling human's rationality. In this play, a saga of love, hatred and betrayal drive the characters of this novel in a manner which is against every definition of reasonableness (Williamsons, 1922). The belief in ghosts was popular in Shakespeare's time and seen as an attraction for
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