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Enjoy I busted my ass for this one Best of class Hamlet Many Interpretations Although many students of Shakespeare believe that Hamlet among all the plays in the Shakespearean canon best reflects the universality of the poet-dramatists genius it remains an enigmatical work what has been called a grand poetical puzzle no artist can control the use to which his insights are put by posterity and this dictum is especially true of Shakespeare whose Hamlet has caused more discussion than any other character in fiction dramatic or non-dramatic Many readers have been disturbed by the two Hamlets in the play one the sensitive young intellectual and idealist the sweet prince who expresses himself in unforgettable poetry the other a barbaric Hamlet who treats Ophelia so cruelly who slays Polonius and then speaks of lugging the guts into another room Most interpreters of Hamlet start with the assumption that the tragic hero has a clear and sacred obligation to kill Claudius and to do so without delay The question is then why does he wait so long to do so It is argued that if Hamlet had taken prompt action Gertrude Polonius Ophelia Rosencrantz Guildenstern Laertes and Hamlet himself may have survived A reason must then be drawn from ones own interpretations of Hamlet Following two renound interpretations of Hamlet two major conclusions can be made First Shakespeares tragedy is a work of surpassing interest and genius and the tragic hero is universally attractive and fascinating Second only the naive will start with the assumption that there is one obvious interpretation of the play and that the critics not Shakespeare have introduced complexities into it It would be nice to present a simple direct interpretation based upon a major generalization and to ignore passages in the play which do not fit into the argument But such a presentation would not do justice to a great play or help the reader Therefore when appropriate passages which
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