William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, Prince Of Denmark

1740 WordsDec 8, 20147 Pages
Shakespeare’s tragedies are filled with many commonalities: violent murders, treachery and revenge. However, while Hamlet, Prince of Denmark portrays these same ideas, it effectively fights against the traditional expectations of a Shakespearean tragedy. The play centers on Hamlet’s attempts to avenge his father’s murder, yet his greatest struggles are against himself. Stemming from his constant desire to plot a perfect revenge, Hamlet’s obsessiveness often leads to frustration. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony and lengthy soliloquies to give the reader an omniscient perspective that recognizes that Hamlet must let go of his desire to control the future. In his initial encounter with the ghost of his dead father, Hamlet is cast into the play’s future-seeking role. Even before the ghost explains what has accounted for his murder, Hamlet is eager to carry out his vengeance, saying, “Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of love, / May sweep to my revenge” (Shakespeare 1107). Believing he is ready for the task, this initial confidence sets the tragedy up to be a classic revenge play. Hamlet has already begun to focus on the future and how he might avenge his father as soon as possible. However, Shakespeare uses Hamlet’s means of communication to show the reader that a confused emotional state is going to pose a significant challenge in his deadly task. The specific type of communication used in Hamlet is the soliloquy. A soliloquy when
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