Hamlet Essay - Ambiguity

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A text is exposed as remarkable and memorable as a result of the innovative ideas and the dramatic execution that carry them from writer to audience. Shakespeare's theatrical play, Hamlet, exemplifies this fundamental interaction as it underscores the innate human state of indecisiveness, driven by a confrontation between the desires of an individual and the actions of others. "Bear[ing] our hearts in grief" a state of madness is seen to manifest, and Hamlet ultimately unfurls as a work underpinned by a preoccupation with death, in a great tragedy that will eventually "cry on havoc". Shakespeare explores the universal notion of indecisiveness, as his protagonist grapples with actions that contravene historical and contemporary notions of morality. Such indecision in action is explored extensively through Hamlet's procrastination concerning "vengeance…for a dear father murder'd". Struggling with the divisiveness of slaughtering Claudius, Hamlet's brooding soliloquies best reveal his indecision and apathetic intellectualism. The rhetorical musing 'To be or not to be...whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer…or to take arms against a sea of troubles" exhibits, in its mere length, Hamlet's universal struggle with morality and hesitancy. Positioned to slaughter Claudius in Act 3 Scene 3, Hamlet rationalises his inaction and indecision, "To take him in the purging of his soul, when he is fit and seasoned for his passage? No". Hamlet, tormented by his indecisiveness, is thrust into a reality of otherworldly composites as he identifies with Queen Hecuba and acts out his murderous intentions through the theatrical slaying of the player king. Stating "I, impregnant of my cause…can say nothing", Shakespeare metaphorically alludes to his inability to exercise courage and determination. Emasculated as he stands barred from his rightful position as King, Hamlet's

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