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Through its various readings Hamlet has enticed more controversy than any other Shakespearean play Written in Elizabethan times Shakespeare succeeded in creating a tragedy that still holds relevance to the affairs of today four hundred years after its initial appearance Perhaps justifying its endless success is the argument that there is no invited reading of the play leaving it to the individual to determine an interpretation However recently dominant readings of the play have emerged based on the cultural assumptions values and beliefs of modern times Certainly by reading Hamlet in a 21st Century context it is easy to recognise the presence of a dysfunctional family and the inadequate role which the parents play It is only natural that whilst we are children we idealise our parents as perfect beings whose only reason for existence is to love and care for us It is evident that Hamlet in his youth adopted this idealistic attitude as his reaction to his fathers death or to a greater extent his mothers hasty remarriage was somewhat of a surprise Sally Porterfield explains his dismay from a Jungian standpoint the death of Hamlets father and his mothers remarriage to his uncle represents the universal experience of parental discovery 1994 p73 Very little sympathy is offered to Hamlet by either of his parents to which some may argue that Hamlet was mature enough to deal with the situation himself as the grave digger determines his age to be of thirty but Hamlet is portrayed throughout the play as an adolescent Porterfield justifies this arguing that Hamlet is brought suddenly to the realisation of his parents imperfections and regresses to an earlier stage of his development in order to pick up the pieces that have been left behind So with little if any support from his parents Hamlet is left understandably confused and disturbed Hamlets reaction and eccentric behaviour is not created solely by his sudden realisation that his parents
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