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At various times, Shakespeare has been seen by critics as presenting Hamlet as a sensitive poet, unable to endure the cruel pressures of the world, a man driven by sexual desires for his mother and a representative to a corrupt political regime.

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At various times, Shakespeare has been seen by critics as presenting Hamlet as a sensitive poet, unable to endure the cruel pressures of the world, a man driven by sexual desires for his mother and a representative to a corrupt political regime. Discuss whether his character changes after he returns from exile Hamlet has been regarded as a sensitive poet subjugated by passion. This is projected by his lack of action, decision-making and so displays the image of an indecisive, passive individual, and a romantic incapable of murder. However, Hamlet has never had to deal with treachery or deception of this magnitude and his is at a loss as to how to handle it. His father is dead, his uncle, the present King, killed him, his mother has married the murderer, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern aren't really his friends after all as they have been instructed by the king to spy on Hamlet, Ophelia, Hamlet's lover, seems to be against him too, but only because her father has instructed her to do so. All of these factors combine to drive him to not only revenge, but into an all consuming hatred for Claudius. The character of Hamlet astounds us with many soliloquies all projecting his subjection of passion. Throughout the play, Hamlet speaks of seven soliloquies. These soliloquies all combine, I believe to present Hamlet as a character who is unable to endure the pains of society. They convey the idea that Hamlet is incapable to act with so much weight being rested upon his shoulders. Most of this weight has been self-inflicted in his tendency to over meditate 'which makes cowards of us all'. The language which Hamlet uses in his soliloquies is extremely wonderful. ...read more.

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Think of how many people Hamlet kills. He is directly or indirectly responsible for six of the play's eight deaths, and some of his victims are guilty of nothing but incomprehension. Is there any other play in which the hero kills so many innocent people and yet retains our sympathy and admiration? An uncomfortable point but true. Another example, I believe, of Hamlet displaying traits of being a poet is in his production of the play-within-the-play. This is the true climax in the play. The play and Claudius' reaction to it is 'ground more relative than this'. From this point forward, the play takes on a sprint of action. A very good description of a climax is the point of decision, of inevitability and no return. The high point of conflict and tension. Once he discovers Claudius' guilt, there is no turning back...his father's murder will be avenged. That is now inevitable. But why did Hamlet have to put on the play? Why did he not just trust the Ghost? I believe Hamlet to be like an actor who refuses to take a line reading from his director- the reading may be accurate but it isn't his; he didn't discover it for himself; to mimic would be false, inauthentic and cowardly. Why else does he stage the play scene if not to find out for himself whether or not his father was murdered by his uncle? The ghost told him the story, but hamlet cannot take anything in faith. This may be regarded as being an argument to backup the idea that character of Hamlet was a sensitive poet, unable to endure the cruel pressures of the world. Ha cannot distinguish between seeming and being. ...read more.

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Also he needs his mother's love more than he needs Ophelia's. Some would state that the evidence for this arbitrary reliance on his mother's love comes from his father's and Claudius both professing their powerful need for Gertrude's love and approval. Hamlet being their blood relative, will likely feel the same. But to destroy is mother, would be an attack on his own identity. Thus, since Hamlet cannot induce his mother to stop loving Claudius by killing her or attempting to drive her insane, as he did with Ophelia, he must now somehow bring about this stoppage while leaving her alive and sane. He attempts to do this by confronting his mother wt the premises of Claudius' crime, in the hopes that she will somehow think about them, realise that Claudius is guilty, and thus stop loving the king, without thinking that Hamlet believes these premises on the inside. Ultimately , even this attempt fails. Gertrude fails to respond to these premises with recognition of them and a subsequent conclusion that she no longer loves Claudius. At this point Hamlet now could have killed Claudius while feigning insanity. Thus he would escape estrangement, because his people would blame his action on his insanity, not on malicious intent. He does not do this, however, because he is subconsciously inhibited from deliberately killing the man his beloved mother loves. Perhaps Hamlet is jealous of Claudius' and Gertrude's love affair as Hamlet holds so much contempt for his mother because Claudius has denied Hamlet of his love affair with Ophelia. Hamlet may have a lust for mother or is it just jealousy that he has offended Ophelia, knows that she is not really suitable for him- * WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE CHARACTER OF OPHILIA SERVE * TARGET FOR ALL OF THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION WITH HAMLET FEELS FOR HIS MOTHER. ASIDE FROM THE CHAMBER SECENE, HAMLET RE-BUKES GERTRUDE COMPARITIVLY LITTLE. ...read more.

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