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HAMLET ESSAY The central dilemma in Hamlet is the character and lifes journey of a man whose mind is in paralysis To what extent is this an adequate summary of Hamlet Hamlet certainly is a play with complex themes and issues As we read through the rich script we uncover many dilemmas and issues that have great bearing on the direction of the play and the consequences of the characters actions One such character is of course Hamlet Prince of Denmark It is around this man that the play revolves and his thoughts and actions are closely followed and developed as the play progresses It has been said that the central dilemma of the play is that Hamlets mind is in paralysis meaning simply that he is incapable of action his mind incapable of derivative thought While this is extremely important for the play the reason that this occurs can clearly be seen as a more important part of the play All the other themes contribute to the task of making Hamlet appear paralysed in thought and action He is not however a man without motive for his apparent indecision and eventual action However what does appear to be the central theme in Hamlet is the revenge tragedy dilemma This central issue is the seed that has spawned the generation of the other themes of the play Hamlets father has been murdered in cold blood by the scheming and adulterous Claudius by pouring poison into King Hamlets ear while he slept in order to succeed him to the throne A ghost in the form of Hamlets father appears to Hamlet revealing to him that the King of Denmark is corrupt and a murderer and that he must revenge his death However the ghost was very specific in saying that he must revenge his death without implicating his mother or corrupting himself Taint not thy mind nor let
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