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Reflection on Hamlet

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Write a final reflection on what you have learned from the study of Hamlet and how you have come to understand and explain different perspectives of the play in different contexts. In regards to the Shakespearean play "Hamlet", over the years as interpretations of a variety of elements have changed the structures, features and the timeless issues have remained similar in content. These timeless issues are untouched by context as the human condition and the quest for satisfaction has remained unfaltering. In relation to context there are two major differing contexts in which the play can be viewed. These are the Elizabethan viewpoint and that of today's society. To the Elizabethan audience the play of "Hamlet" was a text of moral instruction whilst the context of today's society is that "Hamlet" is the study of the individual. ...read more.


Through the quotes of "or that the everlasting" shows his devotion to God and fails to commit suicide. Another example is whilst Claudius' is praying; although he fails to repent Hamlet is unable to murder him (whilst seeking vengeance) because Claudius appears to be repenting his sins. "Hamlet" is the study of the individual and how they attempt to balance internal desires and external pressures. Regardless of time/place the individual will always struggle with the balance of internal vs. external pressures. This is also apparent in "Hamlet" as the character Hamlet is unable to commit suicide as he has a duty to God. "'gainst self-slaughter". And thus he fails to suppress his internal desires too end it right now. ...read more.


This is also apparent in the play "Hamlet". When an audience member dwells upon the ideas that are present within the play, such as suicide, duty, illusion, death/heaven/hell, love, faith/religion it is clear that your personal understanding will make you question and re-think you ideas about them. To conclude it is clear that throughout time the themes, structure and relevance of the play has remained constant. The ever-changing values of the audience have changed, shifting the ideas that they bring forth thus creating new meanings. Although the play "Hamlet" can be seen in a variety of manners it is apparent that through the exploration of the characters/themes many new understandings of things in your own day to day life such as death/duty/reality enable us to perceive them in a more in-depth manner. ...read more.

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