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A Perfect Murder - Hamlet.

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Introduction

Hamlet is considered to be the most complex Shakespearean character that it is impossible to label him. As a corollary, virtually anyone can relate to Hamlet. In this case, one could say that Hamlet staged a perfect murder and his is a character sketch of a perfect murderer. A Perfect Murder William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a powerful tragedy; central to the tragedy is the complex personality of its protagonist- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; whose suffering from life's trials and tribulations culminated in the tragic implementation of his premeditated revenge. Hamlet is considered to be the most complex Shakespearean character that it is impossible to label him. As a corollary, virtually anyone can relate to Hamlet. In this case, one could say that Hamlet staged a perfect murder and his is a character sketch of a perfect murderer. His crime was perfect, because he was able to contemplate everything-albeit with a rather disturbing sense of morality- and in the end, nobody can say that Hamlet was a rash young man with a mad passion for violence. ...read more.

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This lack of self-mastery is also characteristic of Hamlet; half the time, one is left wondering whether his actions and statements are part of his mad charade or he truly doesn't have any control over himself. The complications actually arise when Old Hamlet's ghost appears to his son and tells the young man the true cause of his death- the treachery of Claudius. Here, not only was Hamlet left with grief- he was also compelled to avenge foul play. This adds to the complexity of Hamlet's character, and further proves that his actions are altogether in contrast with his views. He abhors the duplicity and the falseness of Claudius and Gertrude, yet he employs this duplicity and pretension in the very methods of his revenge. Hamlet pretends to be insane by doing strange things, like detaining the shocked Ophelia with his wild ranting, answering with riddles and puzzles when being spoken to and sometimes acting with uncharacteristic insolence towards his mother- all to facilitate his own investigations about Claudius guilt When he finally proves his uncle's guilt, Hamlet is aghast. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is the general response to Hamlet's character- the readers do not think: why not just let Claudius live, seize the throne and banish him? This lateral thinking, this notion of killing the traitor Claudius effectively is part of Hamlet's enigmatic effect- one is led to sympathize, even though his cause- to avenge his father through Claudius murder- is also un-Christian and uncharitable. Why not pursue justice, instead of revenge? And why do we forgive Hamlet for pursuing revenge? This is why Hamlet was a perfect murderer; he dies, but the honor of his name got away with it unscathed, and was awarded the burial of an honorable man- even if he had the blood of practically the entire court in his hands. Furthermore, he had Horatio- a man who has always been on his side, to tell his tale- and from that re-telling Hamlet will not be the mad man whose role he played, rather the devious, clever prince whose own indecision, tragically caught up with him. Yet for all that, he was able to rid Denmark of a treacherous ruler and he was able to bring Claudius to his own brand of justice. . ...read more.

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