"Evaluation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet" -Hamlet, by William Shakespeare

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Due to its quality, William Shakespeare's classic play Hamlet truly embodies his ingenuity as a literary artist. Despite the fact that the play seems very unlikely, because it is a Shakespearean tragedy, meaning all the main characters die, it does contain a sense of vitality. Not only does Shakespeare give this play a sense of vitality, but he also brings about affirmativeness to his characters. One prime example is Hamlet, with his dilemma regarding his religious values, the turmoil in his relationship with Ophelia, and his inability in avenging his father's murder. The worth of Hamlet may be sustained in its truth, powerful themes, diction, and overall artistic excellence.

The overall plot and events of Hamlet may not seem realistic, but the emotions of the characters reveal the grounded truth about real life contained in the play. One of the main emotions in the play is revenge. Revenge is a natural human characteristic, which Hamlet and Laertes both portray quite well.

After hearing of his father's death, Hamlet, being the very moral person that he is, postponed killing Claudius until discovering the truth about his father's murder. Although he wanted to take action, Hamlet was unable to bring himself to actually commit due to his uncertainty. Opposite of Hamlet, like many people, Laertes immediately took action on impulse. The truth about his father's murder was not relevant to him the moment he heard his father was killed, instead he simply wanted someone to pay. Acting on impulse and not being able to commit to an action are both characteristics pertaining to the real life of human beings.

Another factor that brings vitality to Hamlet is it's powerful themes. Two relating main themes include the complexity of action and the mystery of death. Each one of Shakespeare's characters...