Hamlet and Purpose Essay

838 WordsMay 15, 20134 Pages
Nike's household motto, "JUST DO IT," serves as a popular reason (perhaps excuse) people use in order to act. The concept allows people to forego arduous contemplation and more easily reach the satisfaction of action. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the protagonist thinks of many actions––theories of revenge, of living, of dying––yet hesitates to follow through with them. He does not "just do it". Hamlet seeks revenge on his uncle for killing his father, throwing together plans to reach his goal. However, his plans never really pan out to the end. Both despite and in light of his rumination, Hamlet's lack of action embodies humanity's existential crisis, which questions why we should even do anything in the first place. Hamlet's crisis pushes him to his own revelations. According to Louis Wright and Virginia LaMar's article "Hamlet: A Man Who Thinks Before He Acts", Hamlet's entrance into awareness brings him hard truths that "result from the very fact that he has a keen and alert mind that sees the implication of any potential action". Hamlet, being a scholar at Wittenberg, knows more than he acts. Lamenting his father's death easily may have revealed to him how external events can influence internal emotions. His uncle's action of killing Hamlet's father affected so many people in its radius (especially Hamlet); therefore, Hamlet may not want to act as rashly. The Ghost, which can be argued to represent Hamlet's conscience, tells Hamlet to punish his uncle but keep others, namely his mother, safe. That said, Hamlet thinks that events must happen exactly as he plans them to, lest adverse effects digress. Hamlet knows that his actions dwell within his mind. Noting that "I have in me that which passes show," he illustrates his own dichotomy: the Hamlet that others see versus the 'true' Hamlet that exists within his internal dialogue. The 'true' Hamlet lives within

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