How Shakespeare portrayed the inner lives of the characters in Hamlet

This essay will examine the way in which Shakespeare has portrayed the inner lives of the characters within Hamlet. This essay will primarily examine the characters of Hamlet and Claudius and discuss how their soliloquys and speech give insight into their individual thought process. This essay will discuss the characters from a psychoanalytic approach and … Read more

Hamlet’s staunch love for Ophelia was highly dedicated in disguise for her protection

In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, although it was expressed that Hamlet drove her to her death, his staunch love for Ophelia was highly dedicated in disguise for her protection. The realism of pragmatism within Hamlet actions towards Ophelia goes undoubtedly recognized. Whether his gestures of Professing Ophelia to go to the nunnery was an act … Read more

Discuss the placement and dramatic function of the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy in Hamlet

In his response to the adjusted position of Hamlet’s ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy in The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 production of Hamlet, David Tennant asserted that uprooting the soliloquy from ‘Act III Scene 1 to its location in the First Quarto just seemed to make more sense’. The soliloquy, in rehearsal practice, … Read more

William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet and Miguel de Cervantes’s novel Don Quixote

Human beings are inherently social and interdependent creatures. “Society is something that precedes the individual,” as Aristotle contends; “It comes to be for the sake of life, and exists for the sake of the good life.” Nevertheless, the individual has become increasingly dubious of the world around him, recognizing its innate facility of deception. Public … Read more

The theme of disillusionment in Hamlet and Death of a Naturalist

The theme of disillusionment is apparent in ‘Hamlet’ Act 3 Scene 4 where Hamlet realises his mother has her own sexual needs and he struggles to comprehend the truth, as he once believed her to be pure and innocent. Similarly in Heaney’s poem, ‘Death of a Naturalist’, disillusionment is presented through Heaney exploring his childhood … Read more

Ophelia – Hamlet

As one of only two female characters in Hamlet it seems surprising that Ophelia is presented as unsubstantial and entirely passive. She is polarized by her love for Hamlet and sense of duty to her father, and these feeling bind her completely. She neither questions her father’s demands and instructions nor queries Hamlet’s supposed madness, … Read more