Speech on Hamlet

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Is it the craftsmanship, the ideas or both that produces literature that has the power to endure over time and place? • Craftsmanship and ideas both equally share the process of taking an established work in a place and having it continue over time as the same piece of literature. • However, it is the ideas that change over time and place, as new ideas are raised and consided • These new ideas of literature are discovered by the audience’s interpretation of the characters through the influences of the composer’s perspectives and language of the play. • William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an example of how ideas are raised over time, as the literature itself remains the same. • The unraveling plot of Hamlet depicts morality and…show more content…
• His mindset mirrors elements of fatalism in which states that what is meant to happen is already planned and inevitable. • • Hamlet is a humanist, as he values the existence of man, and the nobility of man. However, this is accompanied with Hamlet's philosophical view of nihilism, which contradicts, with his mindset of humanism. • Nihilism states that life has no purpose or intrinsic value, in the end mortality is inevitable. • In a speech to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet exclaims "what a piece of work is a man, how noble of work is a man ... how like an angel" the simile is used to contrast between man and divine spirits (angel) and therefore imply the brilliance of man. • Shakespeare emphasizes Hamlet's admiration of man, therefore reinforcing the humanistic elements of his philosophy. • However, Hamlet displays certain elements of nihilism, such as in the gravedigger scene. • He states " Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; the dust is earth" the repetition of the word dust is used to symbolize the fundamental view of nihilism. • This scene Hamlet questions the purpose of life and essentially is emphasizing how we all inevitably are reduced to dust. • Shakespeare uses this contrast between Hamlet's nihilism and humanism to clearly identify
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