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In what way is Hamlet a play that teaches the reader valuable lessons of life?

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NAME: AMJAD YOUSIF CLASS: SR.4.F SUB : ENGLISH COURSEWORK-HAMLET (DOUBLE ENTRY) DATE : Q) In what way is Hamlet a play that teaches the reader valuable lessons of life? "Hamlet", one of the most inspiring and interesting plays of Shakespeare. Shakespeare with his genius and ability to understand man and human physiology has given us a deep insight into human nature and a broader view of the characters. Shakespeare's tragedies revolved around a person of social or intellectual status, whose life is ruined by one great tragic mistake or tragic flaw. "Hamlet" like many other Shakespearian plays reveal Shakespeare's gift for dramatic characterization and brilliant poetic imagery. Along with his great plot it is Shakespeare's language techniques and most importantly his poetic language that makes his plays, "not of and age but for all time." Many people consider the play "Hamlet", to be one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies ever written, due to the mystery factor in it and striking super natural element that impresses audience. Contemporary audiences were impressed by frightening figures or supernatural creatures like witches and ghosts. In "Hamlet" the ghost of his father adds to the mysterious-supernatural element of the play .The story revolves around a young prince "Hamlet" , who is obsessed with trapping the culprit- his uncle- and bringing him to justice for murdering his father and hastily taking his mother away from him by marrying her. Shakespeare's tragedies represented the suffering of characters in order to stir pity in the audience .He refers to a drama in which a heroic protagonist, who meets with an unhappy or calamitous end brought about by some fatal flaw of characters, by circumstances outside his control, or simply by destiny. Behind each and every character's action is a deep philosophical meaning that Shakespeare tries to convey. Hamlet may be the most complex character any playwright has ever placed onstage. Over the centuries critics have offered a multitude of explanations for Hamlet's behavior, none of them was wholly been able to "pluck out the heart of my mystery" as Hamlet himself puts it. ...read more.

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The use of this word shows us the feelings of the aristocrats. It tells us how we should respect all kinds of people however poor they may be. It also adds to the lesson that if he has to stay away from all kinds of quarrels and fights he should be warm and cordial in his dealings with everyone. During the speech Polonius also communicates the importance of saving. This is expressed when he says, 'Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy For the apparel oft proclaims man.' In this line we come to learn a very important lesson that is even important in our daily lives today. Polonius imparts to his son not to wear any attire that is expensive, extravagant flamboyant ostentatious. He should always be moderate reasonable in his spending and only buy things that are within his limits or that which his "purse can buy". We see Shakespeare use of figurative language in this line as he personifies the purse to something that is capable of buying things. However it is important to understand that Polonium also meant for his son to dress well "For the apparel oft proclaims man" as the quote signifies. Further in the speech, Polonius also tells Laertes something that has become one of the most famous lines in our time. Laertes is advised by his father to be, 'neither a borrower nor a lender is.' This, of course has a lot of moral value whether it be in the Victorian era or the modern era. It shows us that Polonius tells Laertes to guard against excessive spending. He should never spend money to an extent that he will be in depth and will need to borrow money. He should not even help anyone during their times of need. This shows us that Polonius was indeed a very selfish character and also tries to tell his son to be so too. ...read more.

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He is amusing and terrifying at the same time because he is so full of life and so at home with death .His profession is dealing with something that we would not want to think about and very often struggle to make sense of. The grave digger is the one who has dug grave in which Ophelia is to buried. Soon he will deal with Hamlet, Laertes, with the king and the Queen and finally he will deal with us all whether we are somebody or nobody .Thus the grave digger is the assistant of that Great Leveller- Death. Hamlet says "Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth to dust; dust is earth; of earth we make loam." Long before Alexander and Caesar, Claudius and Hamlet came into the world. The grave digger was busy and he will be at his work long after their brief exits and entrances. He has been there from the beginning of human history and will be busy until the final trumpet. Thus through the image of the skull and the grave digger Shakespeare presents a reminder to us about our mortality. "Hamlet" is the longest as well as the most complex of all Shakespeare's plays. Hamlet the introspective, contemplative, intellectual and highly perceptive university scholar offers us a deep and profound examination into the nature of human life. The play deals with such eternal themes as death, the meaning and purpose of man's life, the choices that are available to him and the choices that he should be able to make. Shakespeare does not offer any solutions either foe us or for Hamlet's own problems. What he does is point out the strength and draw backs of each of the choices that Hamlet and we have made or are likely to make. In this way the play is not simply a plot with characters enacting certain specified rules but it is a manual about life providing us with knowledge, information, wisdom and values that would be an education for life through the medium of drama and therein lies Shakespeare's greatness. ...read more.

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