William Shakespeare 's Hamlet - Moral Idealism

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Moral idealism,as characterized by German idealist Immanuel Kant, is a philosophical approach to life that is driven by a desired focus on what is “right” and governs morality by a set of universal rights or duties, which tend to avoid compromises and deals with absolutes. An individual that adopts such an ideology, while in search of revenge for a crime committed against family, may cross into the realm of the divine and seek retribution beyond the worldly human capabilities as performed by the character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. However, pursuing revenge that will result in the more “perfect” judgement of evil both on earth and in the afterlife requires preparation for the establishment of perfect timing and ideal scenario. The individual must be in possession of the qualities of one who is patient and questioning of all and is not easily subdued by false statements of the truth. These humanly traits are visible in Hamlet’s behaviour throughout and reach their most palpable stage towards the end of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In each of Hamlet’s soliloquies, he’s left alone in an emancipated space with only his own thoughts, where the audience is able to grasp his continually undergoing change from a state of moribund feeling to purpose to dereliction of Hamlet’s duty to poise of his emotions and finally to the implementation of self-discipline. By being exposed to Hamlet’s various emotional changes the reader is able to then investigate the way each of his
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