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Hamlet Hamlet dares us along with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to pluck out the heart of my mystery This mystery marks the essence of Hamlets character as in spite of our popular psychologies it ultimately does for all human personalities Granting this we can attempt to chart its origin and outward manifestations Ophelia tells us that before the events of the play Hamlet was a model courtier soldier and scholar The glass of fashion and the mould of form Th observed of all observers With the death of his father and the hasty incestuous remarriage of his mother to his uncle however Hamlet is thrown into a suicidal frame of mind in which the uses of this world seem to him weary stale flat and unprofitable Though his faith in the value of life has been destroyed by this double confrontation with death and human infidelity he feels impotent to effect any change in this new reality It is not nor it cannot come to good But break my heart for I must hold my tongue All he can do in this frustrated state is to lash out with bitter satire at the evils he sees and then relapse into suicidal melancholy It is in this state that he meets the equally mysterious figure of his fathers ghost with its supernatural revelations of murder and adultery and its injunction upon Hamlet to revenge his fathers murder While this command gives purpose and direction to Hamlets hitherto frustrated impulse towards scourging reform it also serves to further unsettle his already disturbed reason Whether or not the ghost was actually a devil its effect upon Hamlet has been diabolic In the two months after his meeting with the ghost he puzzles the court with his assumed madness but does nothing concrete to effect or further his revenge His inability to either accept the goodness of life or act to destroy its evils
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