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Shakespeares Hamlet is a complex story of revenge the lack of love and the madness of Hamlet Hamlet is a victim of his own humanity The decisions he must make make him human and his indecisiveness makes him a man His fathers ghost asks Hamlet to avenge his death and Hamlets procrastination to do so adds to his humanity 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 or form an opinion about fundamental aspects of human life LC Knight 192 Hamlet had many opportunities to kill Claudius but he decided not to and rested the justification on his morals Hamlet tries to logically think of a way to rid the world of the treacherous King and his logic and intelligence were his downfall Like any tragic hero these were his tragic flaws Hamlets primary dilemma is that of every human being Cahn 69 Hamlet is presented by Shakespeare as the ideal man He is described by Ophelia in Act 3 Scene 1 lines 163-167 O what a noble mind is here oerthrown The courtiers soldiers scholars eye tongue sword Th expectancy and rose of the fair state The glass of fashion and the mold of form Hamlet is what every man should be and as such an extreme he is also presented with an extreme situation He is a superman among men GW Knight 38 Hamlet is a very smart individual and he uses his intelligence to try to solve the mystery of how to expose his uncle and prove what the ghost said In trying to prove Claudiuss guilt Hamlet aroused suspicion His uncle tried to get rid of Hamlet by sending him to England on
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