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When do you know a work of literature has stood the test of time When William Shakespeare wrote it But why are his works so respected and cherished One of his most famous works Hamlet is still a favorite among actors and occasional readers alike but why Why is Shakespeares work still able to challenge and inspire people four hundred years after it was written The answer is simple Shakespeares work though complicated will never have just one meaning it will always be up to the interpretation of the people of the time that is interpreting the drama And with this reason Shakespeare will always be powerful and applicable to the day One of the first reasons why Hamlet will never lose importance is because of the incestuous relationship between Hamlets mother Queen Gertrude and uncle King Claudius Even in Elizabethan times Hamlet was disturbed by his mothers new love In scene II of the first act Hamlets disgust with his mothers incestuous relationship and pain over his own fathers death is no more clear then in the lines of his speech But two months dead nay not so much not two so excellent a king that was to this Hyperion to a satyr so loving to my mother that he might not beteem the winds of heaven visit her face too roughly Heaven and earth Must I remember Why she would hang on him as if increase of appetite had grown by what it fed on and yet within a monthlet me not think ontfrailty thy name is woman a little month or ere those shoes were old with which she followed my poor fathers body like Niobe all tear--why she even sheo God A beast that wants discourse of reason would have mournd longermarried with my uncle my fathers brother but no more like my father than I to Hercules within a month ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left
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