• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Hamlet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Hamlet essays

  1. Compare and Contrast theCharacters Hamlet and Laertes.

    Laertes is also judgemental as he is judging Hamlet and has made up his mind that his sister should not trust him and should also be cautious around him: "and now no soil nor cautel doth besmirch the virtue of his will; but you must fear, his greatness weigh'd, his will is not his own."

  2. Scene by Scene - Hamlet.

    The king and queen welcome Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Claudius says that except for the death of Hamlet's father, he's clueless as to why Hamlet is upset. (Uh huh.) He asks them very nicely to try to figure out what's wrong so Claudius can help.

  1. Critical review of 'Hamlet'

    This murder paves the way for more in 'Hamlet'. Before this, there is no evidence of Hamlet being a violent character and this scene could mark a change in him for once he has killed one, it does not matter what happens after.

  2. Hamlet is considered to be the greatest play ever written. The themes of the ...

    The case would have been much more simple if Hamlet did not tell Laertes that he really is mad in Act 5, scene 2. In this essay, I am going to discuss the state of Hamlet's mind; whether he is putting on an 'antic disposition', or whether he is actually mad.

  1. An analysis of the characters in Hamlet

    He talks about 'one auspicious and one dropping eye' and 'With mirth in funeral and dirge in marriage'. Claudius is trying to justify his actions of having a marriage so very after the king's death. He basically plays with sentences.

  2. Discuss the atmosphere created at the beginning of the play. What is its relevance ...

    7. Hamlet calls Denmark an "unweeded garden" (Act 1 Scene 2 Line 135). Where do you see signs of rottenness. When Hamlet refers to Denmark as an "unweeded garden" he probably refers to an overall decay happening within Denmark. Perhaps, in the eyes of Hamlet the first sign of rottenness is his mother's lust for Claudius.

  1. In Act two, everyone notices a change in Hamlet because he has began his ...

    But there again do we see the true reason for Hamlet's revenge and perhaps what caused his actual madness. The injustice of the world has cause Hamlet so much grief that maybe he is just a little crazy. But while his speech his going on, something intrudes at just the

  2. Criticism on Hamlet

    If the dramas of Shakespeare were to be characterised, each by the particular excellence which distinguishes it from the rest, we must allow to the tragedy ofHamlet the praise of variety. The incidents are so numerous, that the argument of the play would make a long tale.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work