Analysis Of Timeless Themes In Hamlet

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For most people, when they sit down to begin reading William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, they expect a vivid tale of humor, love, and even a bit of death. However, this gruesome play contains only the latter. The story begins at night in a watchtower where two guards are patrolling. Suddenly, the ghost of the late King Hamlet appears out of thin air. Feeling very shaken and concerned the guards bring Prince Hamlet to the spot of his father’s appearance. Like before, the ex-king appears. He has surprising and startling news for his son. He reveals that he was brutally murdered by his own brother, Claudius, who is now married to Hamlet’s mother. So, Hamlet becomes infuriated and ...view middle of the document...

It also states that it is “timeless”. Basically, this means that for hundreds of years people have had it within them. Now, like stated in the above quote, revenge is found scattered throughout Hamlet. The following quote is from the play.
“Haste me to know’t, that I, with wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, may sweep to my revenge,” is a direct quote from Hamlet himself. The prince states this line while his dead, newly risen father is disclosing the information regarding his murder. Hamlet is explaining how he will work “swiftly” and that nothing will keep him from reaching his goal. However, this is before Hamlet is knowledgeable about who he is being appointed to assassinate. After he obtains this information he is slightly hesitant. Is it because Claudius is his own blood? Or is it because he is a king? Denying both options, Hamlet follows through with the assassination plan because of the burning revenge within him. This causes readers to wonder whether Hamlet’s craving for revenge will actually influence him to kill his own blood. Therefore, capturing readers’ attentions and making this play a classic. Revenge, however, cannot flourish without at least a minuscule amount of madness, which, obviously, is very apparent in this play.
Those characters that are set on revenge usually contain a characteristic known as madness, and madness tends to attract readers towards a piece of literature. Now, Hamlet contains many characters that have an insanity streak within them.
“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt thaw and resolve itself into a dew! Or that the everlasting had not fix'd his canon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable, seem to me all the uses of this world!” Prince Hamlet states this quote with an extreme amount of grief over the untimely passing of his father. Plus, his mother just remarried his uncle which would bring about stress onto just about anybody. “…flesh would melt thaw and resolve into a dew!” means that Hamlet would prefer to have his skin melt away and turn into liquid than to keep on living such a painful and incest filled life. A condensed version of this is that Prince Hamlet wants to die. However, the method that Shakespeare uses to present Hamlet’s idea suggests a more vivid mental image. In addition, having the desire for one’s skin to melt away is not normal; therefore, this portrays how Hamlet possesses madness within his character. So, the theme of madness within Hamlet manages to draw in readers’ interest. Unfortunately, revenge and madness both derive from one ultimate neurological flaw. This flaw is moral...

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