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Consider the elements which illustrate whether Hamlet is a weak revenger, a man with a fatal flaw, or a misfit in a treacherous world and the instability of his consciousness.

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Hamlet Coursework In this essay I am going to consider the elements which illustrate whether Hamlet is a weak revenger, a man with a fatal flaw, a misfit in a treacherous world and the instability of his consciousness. Hamlet's first soliloquy has crucial significance to the play as it accentuates his internal conflict caused by preceding events such as his father's death, and distaste for Claudius. The troubled traits of Hamlet are communicated well by the imagery that is used in this soliloquy. Hamlet says that he wants his "too too solid flesh" to ...melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew". This goes alongside, "How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable seem to me all the uses of this world", where the chain of downbeat adjectives, display how difficult Hamlet's emotional state is. These references to words do not merely present his dejection and adverse condition, but additionally bring his allusions of suicide to the surface. Suicidal thoughts establish a weakness in his character. However he redeems himself as he comprehends that suicide is against the ideals of the church, so constrains himself. Hamlet deems that although people may suffer pain and cruelty they still choose to live because they are afraid of what is to come after death," And makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,". ...read more.

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Traditional Elizabethan conventions may have been intentionally out grown or defied by Shakespeare until the closing scene because he may have wanted to exemplify that Hamlet is diverse, "What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express And admirable in action...". Earlier in the play Hamlet questions Fortinbras and his genuine motives for declaring to go to war. Hamlet is confidant that his efforts of fighting are solely associated with defending his honour. The dominant logical nature of Hamlet which is induced throughout most of the play questions "honour" in revenge and murder. Hamlet vanquishes his obligation to endorse revenge, due to profound rationalization, which further delays revenge. Shakespeare here exhibits the fat that Hamlet is atypical. His objective was to have flawed characters. However the play Hamlet does follow the conventional revenge tragedy prototype quite faithfully, except of course that the hero appears to delay because of his state of mind, unlike Hieronymo in Thomas Kyd's play who acted on murder immediately. Hamlet's self-reproach is essentially a standard response to a series of events that he must revenge at his father's grave command. Hamlet gains compassion and sympathy from a modern audience rather than incomprehension because a modern audience perhaps may be more engrossed in considering the many uncertainties that our lives are built upon and Hamlet's cerebral motivation. ...read more.

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Hamlet is highly intelligent and indulges in deep thought. He believes that things should be essentially good, and that people's motives should be fair. Consequently, he finds it hard to understand all of the evil that is around him in a corrupt world, "'Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed; Things rank and gross in nature possess it merely". Hamlet is deprived of support, as he is very isolated. He confides in Horatio in an attempt to gain some encouragement, but although Horatio is concerned for Hamlet, he still is unable to provide real advise and guidance on whether Hamlet should seek revenge. This flaw moreover proves to be his most fatal one, but not only for himself but for his mother and Laertes who both fell a victim to Claudius's deceit. Horatio however is greatly supportive in watching Claudius during the play to detect signs of guilt. Wilson Knight believed that Shakespeare's Hamlet was an 'Ambassador of death', the ghost being the one to admonish as it corrupted Hamlet with his 'thirst for vengeance' and his instruction to kill. Subsequent to my reading of Shakespeare's Hamlet, I ponder on the fact that he is decisively influenced by his religious beliefs and obligation to God which his revenge actions throughout the play i.e. Hamlet expresses the desire to kill himself yet holds respect for the ideals of the church. He also articulates that God has made a law against suicide, "That the everlasting had fix'd his canon gainst self slaughter". Asli Colak ...read more.

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