By Rondell Lanier
William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet was thought to have been written between 1599 and 1561. Hamlet the main character is motivated to avenge his father’s death. He Finds himself struggling with two opposing forces: moral integrity and the need to avenge his father’s murder. Throughout the play Hamlet debates weather he should take revenge on his uncle for his alleged role in his father’s cold murder. His ambivalence about the authenticity of the apparition of his father delays his plan of action. However, Hamlet mostly delays his revenge because his moral and religious beliefs encumber his courage to take action.
The play is a tragedy with particular traits which are common to all the plays of the genre. The protagonist of the play, Hamlet, is a prince of noble blood. He is shown as a thoughtful and poetic scholar of a peaceful nature. To him no actions are without a shadow of doubt the right action. There is always an uncertainty that any action will produce only good results. This inability to trust his judgment leads finally to his downfall. Throughout the play Hamlet questions everything that has previously been taken for granted. He is readily horrified when the specter of his father rises to claim that his father was murdered by his own uncle. However he is plagued by the suspicion that this may be a false attempt to sabotage him.
Readers can find the language to be very complex compared to what you would read in modern Literature readings. Written with a linguistic language Hamlet uses plenty of metaphors. There six main characters: Hamlet, Claudius, Gertrude, Horatio, Ophelia and Polonius. Like most, I found myself having no similar qualities with the main characters. Some of the characters in the play seem to be an antithesis of what’s right in today society.
To me Hamlet is thoughtful and affected to the point of obsession, your sympathy Will remain with him throughout the play. He is the very last character to die, and with dying honorably, he lived his life. Every tragedy must have a hero, and he possess good traits as well as flaws, which inevitably caused his demise. I felt it was important for the protagonist retain the audience’s sympathy at the conclusion of the play, and Shakespeare has achieved this throughout the structure of the play, making it one of the most prized scripts written.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. Stanley Appelbaum, New York: Dover, 1992