The Universal Inner Struggle Revealed in Hamlet Essay

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The Universal Inner Struggle Revealed in Hamlet Life is defined by the struggles it presents us. Without these constant tests of our fortitude, we would never grow as mature human beings. This is the one common denominator linking all people, past, present, and future. It is no mystery why our literature and art reflect this characteristic. The creation of a character is a mirror-image of a human. Shakespeare perfectly understood this truth. He crafted Hamlet, Claudius, Polonius, and his many other characters so that they would reflect life and in this way, entertain and educate his audience. Shakespeare's outright goal may have been to simply make money, but along the way, he sculpted beautiful characters filled with…show more content…
After all of Hamlet's scheming, planning, and thinking, he gets his proof by simply being in the right place, at the right time. The time for "words, words, words" is over; action is necessary. But again, Hamlet falters. Recognizing the effects of prayer, Hamlet seethes: "A villain kills my father, and for that I, his sole son, do this same villain send to heaven" (3.3.76-78). The prince is again in a bind. Allowing the reader access to his thoughts makes Hamlet an instantly sympathic character, and quenches the voyeuristic appetite of the reader. Hamlet's struggle is not over, and the reader wonders if he will ever meet an agreeable fate. As Hamlet contends with his internal struggle, he also wrestles with his desire to make his situation better. Like the internal struggle, this need to play the hero is something that the audience can identify with. The only difference is that not everyone has the heart to do it. Accepting the charge from the Ghost, Hamlet swears, "O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right!" (2.2.188-89). A father and a king have been slain. And the king's "most seeming virtuous queen" (1.5.46) has married her husband's brother. Against these great obstacles, Hamlet takes on the noble quest of revenging his father. First, he must set things right with his mother. Vowing to "speak daggers to her, but use none" (3.2.374), the
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