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Discussing The character Hamlet.

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The entire world, be it in the past, present or future, is entirely made up of a series of events inspired by a series of actions. The character Hamlet is a very careful man in determining how his actions will follow out throughout the course of the future. He is a very intelligent man, continuously calculating each of his moves to eventually gain the throne of Denmark that is rightfully his. In Act V scene I of the play, Hamlet abandons this cool, disciplined composer so that he may rely totally on his emotions to guide himself to a deserving glory. Throughout the story, all other characters because of his superior and effective use of language respect Hamlet. However, in Act V scene I, Hamlet is outperformed in the act of speech by the gravedigger (Clown One). This lingual defeat inspires Hamlet to charter a new, more effective method of behavior-actions patterns. Throughout the previous course of the play, Hamlet had continuously carefully contemplated every one of his actions; constantly analyzing each of them and determining their eventual consequences. ...read more.


Hamlet speaks of the skull as perhaps being "Cain's jaw bone, that did the first murder! This might be the pate of a politician, which this ass now o'erreaches, one that would circumvent God, might it not?" (V, I, 64-67). Hamlet then goes on to think of the skull to be that of a courtier or that of a lawyer just for the self-pleasure of feeling superior in the act of speech over the gravedigger. Hamlet goes into particular detail pertaining to the skull of the lawyer, making such jokes as the skull being battered by the shovel of the gravedigger and being unable to press charges against the attacker. The lawyer is also ironically called "a great buyer of land...(he is) this the fine of his fines...to have his pate full of fine dirt." (V, I, 85-87). The gravedigger is not to be outdone so easily, however. When asked by Hamlet as to who's grave he is digging, the gravedigger makes a mockery of Hamlet by only using simple, literal language. ...read more.


The quote, "I lov'd Ophelia, forty thousand brothers could not, with all their quantity of love, make up my sum." (V, I, 231-233) truly shows the truth of Hamlet love for Ophelia. Because Hamlet learned to rely on his emotions, he begins to act on them much more regularly throughout the latter scenes of the play. In accepting the illustrious duel with Laertes, he eventually brings the truth of his father's out for the entire world to see. In addition to this, the evil King Claudius and Laertes are killed by their own treachery. Peace is restored throughout the land and the truth shall be prevailed through Horatio. It is truly the blend of Hamlet's cool, logical side merging with his deepest passions and acting with both in a controlled fashion that he truly achieves his main goal of restoring order throughout the kingdom. Acting only with his cautious logical side alone obviously did not perform adequately to attain this goal. In a similar manner, acting solely on a whim of emotion did not prove effective for Laertes. In using the two in a manageable way, Hamlet was truly a great character and was rewarded with honour before his noble death. ...read more.

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