Music and Manipulation in Hamlet

In the middle of Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, a comparatively brief exchange between two characters displays the tone of the entire play quite vividly.  Act III, scene 2, lines 380-402 chronicle a dialogue involving Hamlet and his schoolmate Guildenstern over their ability or inability to play a musical instrument.  The thematic content of the conversation especially…

The True Cost of Revenge

Determined to revenge his father, Hamlet states “Haste me to know ‘t, that I, with wings as swift / As meditation or the thoughts of love, / May sweep to my revenge” (I.i.35-37). Understandably infuriated, Hamlet makes an oath to avenge his father, and destroy all who get in his way. Later on, in the…

On Hamlet’s Fourth Soliloquy

Most of us have, at some point in our literary career, come across Hamlet’s famous fourth soliloquy in some form. In fact, the opening lines of this soliloquy are among the most famous in the history of the English language: “To be, or not to be- that is the question.” For some, these words carry…

Hamlet

There is a very obvious pattern in a lot of Shakespeare’s work that when revenge is involved it usually ends in a tragedy. Tragedy meaning that there is not a happy ending for the main character, and a lot of death. Hamlet is a very good example of a play where the main character not…

Queen Gertrude

After deciding that I wanted to write about one of the two women in Hamlet, I finally settled on Queen Gertrude. Sure, Ophelia is a super cool chick who goes crazy, and basically everyone involved in theatre who is between ages 15 to 30 wants to play her, but that seemed too basic. Yes, Ophelia…

The Mystery of Death in Hamlet’s eyes.

One main theme in Hamlet is the Mystery of Death. Our morbid friend, Hamlet, is obsessed with the idea of death, which he looks at from a many viewpoints. Through-out the play he thinks about what happens to the spirit after death, the ghost of his father, and the corpse void of life. At first,…

Inaction v. Action and Heart v. Mind

As Shakespeare’s works have been passed along across generations and continents, many literature enthusiasts and Shakespeare scholars around the world have had the opportunity to dive deep into each of his pieces and use their own unique perspectives to interpret and uncover the meaning and applications of the text. Among all of his works, Shakespeare’s…

Overthrowing Monarchs

The overthrowing of monarchs provides an interesting, yet often overlooked discourse in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The play centers around Hamlet seeking revenge for his father’s death at the hands of Claudius. Claudius is Hamlet’s brother and killed his brother the king in order to marry his wife, Gertrude, and take the throne. While the act in…

Hamlet: The Character Who Almost Could

Hamlet is probably the most well-known and referenced of Shakespeare’s plays. While it is a widely popular and highly acclaimed work, the main character definitely has some issues. Hamlet is a young prince who recently lost his father, had his uncle become king, and then marry his mother, Gertrude. This is a lot for a…

Hamlet & The World of Uncertainty

When analyzing Hamlet, it does not take one very long to conclude that there is a huge absence of certainty. There is a constant need for action to be taken in this specific piece of work, but one will never see Hamlet take any action; Hamlet is all bark and no bite. The reasoning behind…

Hamlet Reading Response

Regardless to whether or not someone has read “Hamlet,” almost anyone knows that it is a play filled with death. Most of the main characters of the play, including Hamlet eventually meet their demise by the end of the play, and most of the characters meet their end during the final act and scene of…