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Even after nearly five centuries since Hamlet was first published scholars continue to attempt a newer fresher perspective of this enigmatic and fascinating play The prominence of this play is such that academic disciplines of many diverse types contribute to the plethora of interpretations based on the perspective of their various disciplines However whatever new interpretation of Hamlet may be published one of the topics of discourse that never seems to wane in interest is Hamlets interpretation of the self Sometimes Hamlets behaviors were such that psychology attempted to ascertain the truth of Hamlets inner thoughts through its methods of psychoanalysis Indeed Freuds concept of the super-ego can be useful in explaining some of Hamlets thoughts and behaviors Others wanted to explain Hamlets interpretation of the self through historical contexts through the occurrences and popular schools of thought during Shakespeares era It can seem a tremendously difficult task but given the vast amount of resources it is quite possible that the Hamlet aficionado can gain a thorough understanding of how Hamlet interpreted the self One way to categorize Hamlets interpretation of the self is by first considering Hamlets interpretation of man in general Then we consider Hamlets interpretation of himself his analysis of his own behaviors and his inner thoughts Through these two methods we notice Hamlets apparent resignation of his soul to fate once all of his doubts are resolved It seems that Hamlets obvious priority in terms of the self is not the physical body instead he is concerned about the well-being of his soul Throughout the play Hamlet makes it clear that he is not impressed with humans This is especially apparent the moment he opens his mouth for his first soliloquy Hamlet is appalled at the lack of time elapsed between his fathers funeral and the marriage of his mother Gertrude to his uncle Claudius and incensed that this incestuous charade is apparently not bothering those in attendance Upset from the
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