‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet Continues to Engage Audiences Through Its Dramatic Treatment of Struggle and Disillusionment.’

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‘Shakespeare’s Hamlet continues to engage audiences through its dramatic treatment of struggle and disillusionment.’ In the light of your critical study, does this statement resonate with your own interpretation of Hamlet? In your response, make detailed reference to the play. It is human nature to both understand and have gone through the concept of struggle and disillusionment. All men and women regardless of status or colour will undergo struggle at some point in their lives, making them savour the moments that pass after the struggle has been endured. Similarly they will also be subjected to the concept of disillusionment. Disillusionment causes deep scars on the human mind as a result of the frustration that one feels when reality…show more content…
The emotions form the very foundations of human nature. Thus through a dramatic treatment of the concepts of struggle and disillusionment SHakespeare is able to engage the concepts of struggle and disillusionment effectively with his audience. Furthermore, through his recognition of the emotionally straining ties which people endure with family relationships Shakespeare is able to engage effectively with his audience. The struggle of family within his play is developed immediately in the play through his very first soliloquy. In it Hamlet expresses his depression and negative feelings about christian values which have been in place as a result of his family/context, referring to God as “the Everlasting” and making the first hints of his suicidal tendencies within the play. Furthermore, during the soliloquy he also makes strong attacks on his family, comparing Gertrude to “a beast that wants discourse of reason” and Claudius to a “Satyr”. These comparisons towards animals as well as the negative connotations that are implied through the words “beast” and “satyr” allow the audience to recognise that Hamlet is in a state of frustration and feelings of savagery Hamlet connotes with his family.Hamletʼs strong feelings towards his family complications cause problematic tensions to form between him, his mother and his uncle. These tensions are carried throughout the play, in his soliloquy in act 3 he states, “Now could I drink hot blood” and “let me be cruel” when speaking of

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