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GROWING PAINS In the epic tragedy Hamlet by William Shakespeare Prince Hamlet is entrapped in a world of evil that is not of his own creation He must oppose this evil which permeates his seemingly star-struck life from many angles His dealings with his fathers eerie death cause Hamlet to grow up fast His family his sweetheart and his school friends all appear to turn against him and to ally themselves with the evil predicament in which Hamlet finds himself Hamlet makes multiple attempts to avenge his fathers murder but each fails because his fathers murder but each fails because his plans are marred by very human shortcomings It is these shortcomings that Hamlet is a symbol of ordinary humanity and give him the room he needs to grow The Hamlet that Shakespeare begins to develop in Act I is a typical mortal bowed down by his human infirmities and by a disgust of the evils in a world which has led him to the brink of suicide Hamlet voices his thoughts on the issue O that this too too solid flesh would melt I ii 135 He is prevented from this drastic step only by a faith which teaches him that God has fixd His canon gainst self-slaughter I ii 131-2 To Hamlet appears his dead fathers spirit and he must continue to live in the unweeded garden That grows to seed in order to fulfill the obligation he has to his father Iii 135-6 Making Hamlet more a story of personal growth than a dark murder mystery Shakespeare emphasizes the emotional rather than the physical obstacles that Prince must face in accomplishing his goal Immediately Hamlet must determine whether the ghost speaks the truth and to do so he must cope with theological issues He must settle the moral issue of private revenge He must learn to live in a world in which
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