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This paper gives and overview and brife description of the motivations and emotions of Hamlet, the main character in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Poetry is used to fully underand and explore the emotions of anger, grief and guilt

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RUNNING HEAD: HAMLET'S EMOTION AND MOTIVATION Emotion and Motivation in Hamlet Jennifer Steele University of South Calolina Aiken "On my honor as a USCA student, I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this paper. To the best of my knowledge, I am not in violation of academic honesty." Abstract This paper gives and overview and brife description of the motivations and emotions of Hamlet, the main character in Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Poetry is used to fully underand and explore the emotions of anger, grief and guilt. Peotry also alows the reader to dig deeper into the motivations behind the actions of the play. William Shakespeare, was an English playwright and poet, was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. This was the sixth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The exact date of his birth is unknown however we know that he was christened on April 26th, 1564. ...read more.


This is especially true in Hamlet. Shakespeare uses poetry to communicate deeper levels of human motivation and emotion. Sandard prose could convey these deeper levels of motivation or emotion. The poetry sheads needed light on individual, social, and political situations within the play. A special emphasis is placed on the morality of the characters and their actions. Through the poetry we can draw conclusions about the metal states of the carahracters. We can also understand the internal turmoil they experience when faced with moral delimas. The dramatic development in Hamlet is motivated by tragedy, specifically the death of hamlet's father. Hamlet is a very good example of the dynamics involved in the transistion from the theather of the mind to the actual stage (http://www.allshakespeare.com/hamlet/). Throughout the play of Hamlet, he attempts to analyze and understand death. Hamlet is forced to deal with much grief and anger because of his father's death. ...read more.


The thought of death and revenge devours him. Shakespeare allows the reader to observe Hamlet's delusional thought processes through seven soliloquies performed by the character. However we can only wonder if thise are a ruse or if these are true indicaters of Hamlet's emotions and motivations. Hamlet does imply a disguise of insanity to trap his uncle. By the ending of the play, Hamlet and Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, are both determined to put an end to the others life. Claudius and Hamlet undergo a fencing match. Laertes poisons the sword, and Claudius puts poison in Hamlet's wine. Through the course of the fencing match, Hamlet watches his mother die, from the tainted wine that was intended for himself. Hamlet does finally stab the king and he makes him drink from the poisoned cup. He loses his life as well (Schweizer, 1999). Through Hamlets motivation to avenge the death of his father the entire royal family is wipped out. Hamlet's love intrest also dies as a reslut of his plotting for revenge. ...read more.

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