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Role of Evil in Hamlets Delay and Downfall Scholarly critics have long regarded William Shakespeares seventeenth-century tragedy Hamlet as perhaps the single greatest piece of English literature ever produced In his Shakespeare The Invention of the Human Harold Bloom calls the phenomenon of Hamlets character unsurpassed in the Wests imaginative literature 384 and the play itself the Mona Lisa of literature 391 Written almost entirely in iambic pentameter Hamlets flowing poetic rhythm utilized in conjunction with deeper thematic elements and outstanding character depth particularly Hamlets separates itself from virtually all other works The plays many adaptations--put to use through most all forms of modern media including television motion picture and theater--in addition to its new critical interpretations written in context of the modern world continually stir up fierce debate and captivate audiences throughout the world Criticism of the renowned tragedy of Hamlet stems far beyond straightforward fundamental thinking and delves deeper into the heart of the play in search of more profound meaning within every aspect albeit large or very small One particular facet of the tragedy that is subject to seemingly endless dispute among critics is that of Prince Hamlets delay in murdering his uncle and the current king of Denmark Claudius Scholars propose numerous reasons for his delay ranging from conservatives ones like his inability to judge falsehood from reality to far-reaching ideas such as that Hamlet suffers from clinical depression or even an Oedipal complex in which the desire for his mother causes Hamlets delay However a critical function of the play revolves around Hamlets confrontation with the supposed ghost of his father his delay transformation and its subsequent calamitous results Hamlets indecisiveness his haunting soliloquies concerning heaven hell suicide and life after death and his description of the potent poison each serve as examples of central tragic points within the play Regardless of whether or not the ghost is truly the devil young Hamlet falters--as well he should--in response to its
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