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What do you think is revealed about human nature in Hamlet?Any character situations...

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tariksehovic | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 14, 2011 at 10:24 PM via web

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What do you think is revealed about human nature in Hamlet?

Any character situations that may illustrate your points ?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Taking into account that the mise-en-scene in Hamlet is the royal court, the actions and reactions are quite “human” – that is, the everyday weaknesses (avarice, violence for power, lust, etc.) of all humans are represented, and the strengths of human nature – filial pity, loyalty, faith, etc. – actually prevail.  The dramatization of “human nature” was (one of) Shakespeare’s strong points.  Many scholars actually attribute Shakespeare with “inventing” character, that is, with embodying human nature inside the dramatic characters in his plays.  Examples of these human characteristics are anywhere in the play:  Gertrude’s hasty marriage, the loyalty of Horatio, the treachery of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, even the kindness of Yorick, who appears as a long-dead jester--all are comments on "human nature." 

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