15 February 2010
Hamlet, A Tragedy?
For Centuries Hamlet has been thought of as Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. It has been put on hundreds of thousands of times and everyone that sees it comes out of the theatre thinking it is a tragedy. However it is a play about the human struggle of life and how hamlet deals with it. Yes he dies in the end but through out the play he shows how he successfully faces all of life’s hardships and becomes a better person at the end of the play. There is No Question Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. It is not one of his tragedies. Hamlet is a life lesson that shows you how someone can change over the course of a couple months from a terrified human to one who knows how to live his life and is ready for anything. Hamlet by no means is a tragedy.
Hamlets growth into a real human being starts when his father dies. His Fathers death sparked sadness in Hamlet. A sadness that was so great that he plunged into a depression not knowing when he would come out of it. His depression is not helped when a month after his fathers death his mother marries his uncle. He hates his uncle, he doesn’t understand why his mother would marry him and within a month of his fathers death. He states his anger when he says. “So excellent a king: that was, to this, Hyperion to a satyr; so loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth! Must I remember? Why, she would hang on him, As if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on; and yet, within a month-let me not think on ‘t. Frailty, thy name is woman!” (Line 139-147).
Soon after this his friend Horatio comes to visit him. He tells him that the castle guards have seen a ghost that resembles his father and asked him to come and see it. When he sees the ghost he knows at once that it is his father. His father then tells him that he did not die as everyone says he did. He was murdered...