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There is a clash of cultures in Hamlet

‘Hamlet’ starts off as a typical Revenge Tragedy. After the death of his father, Hamlet is told to seek revenge by his fathers ghost. A contemporary medieval approach to this problem would be to attain a quick, bloody act of what would be considered, righteous retribution. However, Hamlet constantly struggles to justify his actions and Read More

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How important is some knowledge of the basic religious beliefs of Shakespeare’s audience to an understanding of Hamlet

Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in the early 17th century, in the Elizabethan period, and it is inevitable that the religious beliefs of that time will differ from those of today. In this essay I will be assessing these differences and how they affect a modern understanding of the themes and actions in Hamlet. The first scene Read More

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How does Shakespeare display Hamlets limitations as a conventional revenger

Although Hamlet is a revenge tragedy, it is unique in its portrayal of the protagonist. Far from being a typical one-dimensional revenge hero, Hamlet displays immense depth of character. Shakespeare has chosen to focus on the psychological aspect of a revenge hero. Typically, revenge heroes are men of action. With Hamlet this is not the Read More

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Shakespeare’s hamlet is a complex play based on the royal family of Denmark. The king Hamlet dies and his wife Gertrude marries his brother Claudius Prince hamlet is not happy with the wedding and his thoughts are later confirmed when the ghost of his father tells him that he was murdered by Claudius. Hamlet then Read More