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Shakespeares play, Hamlet, explores the duality of human nature as the protagonist, Hamlet, is the hero of one plot whilst the villain of another. Discuss.

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Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, explores the duality of human nature as the protagonist, Hamlet, is the hero of one plot whilst the villain of another. Throughout the play Hamlet struggles to cope with his conscience and moral values, he is infinite, unlimited and at war with himself. Emotions course through him as he comes to terms with his father's death and his mother's incestuous, illicit marriage. As the play unfolds the reader see's Hamlet wishing he was dead and then coming to terms with life, keeping his integrity and striking back at what is wrong around him. The other side of Hamlet commits sins such as murder and the thoughts of "seeking his own salvation" (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 2). Hamlet is hero surrounded by dishonesty and murder, yet Hamlet also creates the murder and dishonesty that takes place throughout Hamlet. In Hamlet, Prince Hamlet can be seen as a hero, stuck in the middle of a court full of dishonesty and murder. It supports his mental sturdiness and uplifting spirit which makes him commendable. He does this when he becomes forceful with his mother Gertrude, believing her display of love is a pre-tense to satisfy her own lust and greed. ...read more.

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He tried to do right by his father, avenging his murder and by his mother, whom he loved but could not understand her actions. Whilst Shakespeare gives the reader every reason to believe he is a hero, Hamlet is also an effective villain. He drives Ophelia mad, murders Polonius and plots the murder of his own uncle. His noble act of avenging his father is in fact dishonourable in the way that Christianity in those days, declared murder of any sort as God's greatest sin. Another of God's sins is suicide and throughout the play Hamlet contemplates "seeking his own salvation" (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 2). Contradicting his dignified side, Hamlet shows no remorse when he finds he has murdered Polonius, or any sorrow for the death of his two childhood friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. To him they were "sponges", soaking up the King's rewards, who will eventually "be dry again" (Act 4, Scene 2, Line 93) when their usefulness is gone. The villain within Hamlet is enhanced by his feigned madness, which he uses to cover his plot to murder his uncle. ...read more.

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I loved you not... Get thee to a nunnery" (Act 3, Scene 1, Line 124-131). This is starkly contrasted later in the play when Hamlet's duality makes his true feelings even harder to determine, when after Ophelia's death, once again he confesses his undying love for her, "I loved Ophelia... Forty thousand brothers could not win with all their quantities of love make up my some" (Act 5, Scene 1, Line 280-283). Shakespeare's play Hamlet, reflects the duality of human nature, as the protagonist Hamlet, is the hero of one plot whilst the villain of another. The hero Hamlet tried to do right by his father, avenging his murder and by his mother, whom he loved but could not understand her actions. However the villain part of him is filled with depression, feigned madness and murder. The duality within Shakespeare's play Hamlet creates a hurdle for young Hamlet, as it does for us all, "And thus do we of wisdom and of reach... By indirections find directions out" (Act 3, Scene 2, Line 45), which is a quote that asks us whether to act or reflect, to be moral or to listen to your conscious side. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 | Page ...read more.

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