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Shakespeares Hamlet, I would like to make a few remarks regarding the existential and oedipal themes.

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Sofie Braunschweig Lüth AndersenEngelsk15-09-2012 Gribskov gymnasium, 3.u. Hamlet – a question of life and death Basically life consists of a number of decisions we have to make unaware of what the outcome might be and what the right decision is. As humans we constantly have to decide what’s true or false and what’s right or wrong. Humans are free. We can decide what we want – it’s subjective. We have to choose ourselves if we want to live a true and authentic life. Hamlet goes through this several times and by making a choice he knows that he is responsible for his actions. Based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, I would like to make a few remarks regarding the existential and oedipal themes. The story of Hamlet takes place in the Kingdom, Elsinore, in Denmark. Hamlet’s father is dead, and his mother, Queen Gertrude, has within a short time married the father’s brother, Claudius, who has assumed the throne. Hamlet has a bitter abhorrence of the marriage and he doesn’t feel that there has been grieved sufficient over the death of his father. In particular he is angry at his mother, who has not only perpetrated incest, but also forsaken the promises she gave her former husband. ...read more.


His obsession with death is so great that he is willing to risk it all. It is clear that the ghost isn?t an existentialistic ghost: ?But that I am forbid to tell the secrets of my prison house, I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow op thy soul, freeze thy young blood, make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres?? The ghost finds death horrible as a prison. You?re received and judged in the end of life and somebody is going to take care of you. In the start of the scene Shakespeare sort of describes the nation as a diseased body. ?Something is rotten in the State of Denmark?. The health of the royal family and the state is described as one. Denmark is made ill by the moral corruption of Gertrude and Claudius and the ghost can be seen as an omen. In the end it seems like Hamlet must choose a solution to a problem that was forced onto him, and still he doesn?t know if the ghost really is his father?s spirit or the devil? The Oedipus theme appears through the two characters, the father?s spirit and Claudius. ...read more.


Throughout the whole play Hamlet has to make his own choice, to be or not to be? Hamlet is trying to decide if he should let go of his anger towards his uncle and mother, or if he should seek revenge. He knows that if he decides to seek revenge that it may result in the end of his life. ?To be or not to be? is an eternal question asked in the play of Hamlet. A question all of us know even if we don?t know the play. The question about our existence is something we all crave for the answer to. Instead of finding the answer or facing the reality, we relax in our couches while watching TV-shows with happily-ever-after endings. We feel dissatisfied with the life we have or downright cheated out of the life we think we deserve. We yearn for life of perfect happiness that is impossible while failing with controlling the life we actually have. We live in this blame everyone but yourself culture. Existentialists on the other hand know how to handle life; it absurd and full of terrible and inescapable truths. Life does in fact have a meaning ? the meaning one chooses to give his or her own existence. Each person is free to create themselves and make the ride worthwhile. Like Jean-Paul Sartre says: ?To be is to do?. Side af ...read more.

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