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The Elizabethan play The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is one of William Shakespeares most popular works One of the possible reasons for this plays popularity is the way Shakespeare uses the character Hamlet to exemplify the complex workings of the human mind The approach taken by Shakespeare in Hamlet has generated countless different interpretations of meaning but it is through Hamlets struggle to confront his internal dilemma deciding when to revenge his fathers death that the reader becomes aware of one of the more common interpretations in Hamlet the idea that Shakespeare is attempting to comment on the influence that ones state of mind can have on the decisions they make in life As the play unfolds Shakespeare uses the encounters that Hamlet must face to demonstrate the effect that ones perspective can have on the way the mind works In his book Some Shakespeare Themes An Approach to Hamlet LC Knight takes notice of Shakespeares use of these encounters to journey into the workings of the human mind when he writes What we have in Hamletis the exploration and implicit criticism of a particular state of mind or consciousnessIn 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 or form an opinion about fundamental aspects of human life 192 Shakespeare sets the stage for Hamlets internal dilemma in Act 1 Scene 5 of Hamlet when
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