Hamlet, a Rational Thinker Essay

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“To be or not to be, that is the question,” the quote claimed by Shakespeare seems to have revolutionized the way people thought in the 17th century. After the death of his father, the king, Prince Hamlet takes up a vulnerable role in the text. Not only does Hamlet face the challenges of society by no longer having a father role and giving up his position to inherit the throne, but he also finds himself trapped at a loss of willpower when it comes to avenging himself for what Claudius has done. Although he seems to handle his situation well, his sanity is questioned after a series of murders at the finale of the text when Hamlet acts out on the anger that has been cooped up throughout the play. It seems that because of the lack …show more content…
Even when he is alone with Claudius while he is praying, he comes up with that excuse that it would be a sin to kill someone when praying. It seems that he faces a great deal of doubt over what he thinks is justifiable by society’s standards. The apparition of the ghost in the early points of the text seems to be good enough reason in itself to get revenge on Claudius simply because if the ghost is who he says he is, being given instructions by his “father” would be reason enough to kill. On the other hand, this is not the case. Hamlet as a reasonable thinker questions whether or not that was truly his ghost. He doesn’t seem to fall for the trickery that has presented itself in front of him trying to send him in the wrong path. He is also aware that the state of Denmark isn’t a healthy one because of some of the instances that happen early on. Although Hamlet portrays a man who is very eager to act out in hopes of avenging himself, his mind isn’t necessarily where it wants to be, hence delaying his actions. The way in which Hamlet thinks makes the audience aware that Hamlet is everything but a vengeful character. Rather, it seems that he eventually gets fed up that he is letting a man who lacks courtesy towards everyone in the community get away with all of his wrongdoings. In contrary, most characters in Hamlet’s case would assume a role of erratic behavior if they got their throne taken away from them as well as having their father killed. Hamlet

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