Saturday, October 26, 2019
The State of Mind of Hamlet in Shakespeares Hamlet :: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet
The State of Mind of Hamlet Ã The Elizabethan play The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is one of William Shakespeare's most popular works.Ã One of the possible reasons for this play's popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind. The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated countless different interpretations of meaning, but it is throughÃ Ã Hamlet's struggle to confront his internal dilemma, deciding when to revenge his fathers death, that the reader becomes aware of one of the more common interpretations in Hamlet; the idea that Shakespeare is attempting to comment on the influence that one's state of mind can have on the decisions they make in life. As the play unfolds, Shakespeare uses the encounters that Hamlet must face to demonstrate the effect that one'sÃ perspective canÃ have on the way the mind works. In his book Some Shakespeare Themes & An Approach to Hamlet, L.C. Knight takes notice ofÃ Shakespeare's useÃ of these encounters to journey into the workings of the human mind when he writes: Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã What we have in Hamlet is the exploration and implicit Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã criticism of a particular state of mind or consciousness. In Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Hamlet, Shakespeare uses a series of encounters to reveal the Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã complex state of the human mind, made up of reason, emotion, Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã and attitude towards the self, to allow the reader to make a Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã judgment or form an opinion about fundamental aspects of human Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã life. (192)Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Shakespeare sets the stage for Hamlet's internal dilemma inÃ Act 1, Scene 5 of Hamlet when the ghost of Hamlet's father appears andÃ calls upon Hamlet to "revenge his foul and most unnatural murder"Ã (1.5.24).Ã It is from this point forward that Hamlet must struggleÃ with the dilemma of whether or not to kill Claudius, his uncle, and ifÃ so when to actually do it.Ã As the play progresses, Hamlet does notÃ seek his revenge when the opportunity presents itself, and it is theÃ reasoning that Hamlet uses to justify his delay that becomes paramountÃ to the reader's understanding of the effect that Hamlet's mental perspective has on his situation. In order to fully understand how Hamlet's perspective plays anÃ important role in this play, the reader must attempt to answer theÃ fundamental question: Why does Hamlet procrastinate in taking revengeÃ on Claudius?