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After completing extensive research on William Shakespeare there are many things that one can learn about his life and how it effected his writings Shakespeare had been through a lot in his life and it is very clear that he understood people In Hamlet one of Shakespeares most popular works he shows just how much he knew about the complexities of the human mind The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated an infinite number of interpretations on the plays meaning Through young Hamlets struggle in confronting his internal dilemma deciding whether or not to avenge his fathers death the reader is made aware of one of the more common interpretations in Hamlet the idea that Shakespeare attempting to comment on the influence that a persons mental state has on their lifes decisions As the play unfolds Shakespeare uses the encounters that Hamlet must face to demonstrate the effect that ones perspective can have on the development of the human mind Some critics have noticed that the encounters that Shakespeare uses Hamlets encounters to look into the workings of the human mind What we have in Hamlet is the exploration and implicit criticism of a particular state of mind or consciousness In Hamlet Shakespeare uses a series of encounters to reveal the complex state of the human mind made up of reason emotion and attitude towards the self to allow the reader to make a judgment of form an opinion about fundamental aspects of human life Knight 192 Shakespeare sets up a stage for Hamlets internal dilemma in act 1 scene 5 when the ghost of his father appears and calls upon him to revenge his foul and most unnatural murder 1524 From this point on Hamlet had to struggle with the dilemma of whether or not to kill Claudius his uncle As the play progresses Hamlet does not seek revenge when the opportunity arises It is the reasoning
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