hamlet -a puzzlewhat does the play 'Hamlet' really mean to u?

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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This play speaks to me about familial ties, loyalty, revenge, and power. Hamlet can hardly be blamed for wanted vengeance for his father's murder. Nonetheless, it would be difficult to fault him had he decided that he did not want to undertake the killing of his own uncle, who happens to be his mother's new husband, endangering his own life in the process and possibly bringing about the end of his family's direct succession to the Danish throne.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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We, all, are Hamlets in one sense or the other.There is no man in the world who did not ever feel that he could act, had it been any other situation.Tn that situation, we all might have felt miserable like hamlet,fluttering our reason in vain;wetting our pillows;losing our confidence as well as a  hold on our sense of righteousness;watching our ships sinking;cursing the Time that was 'OUT OF JOINTS';trying to set things right in our own world;trying to be a schemer,a planner....well,things were planned already and we never knew it.we might have kept on reflecting;checking things out again and again to ensure we were doing our best to set things all right...or wondering whether we were really acting at all...!!!

Anyhow...we might have shared the disgust and the unwillingness of Hamlet.

...And finally,we all might have learnt a lesson:

there is divinty that shapes our ends/Rough hew them how we will.

And

There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come;/ if it be not to come, it will be now;/ if it be not now, yet it will come:/ the readiness is all.

Finally, we come to know what matter is our readiness to act and we accept this fact that we are just agents...not planners..that's the most difficult thing to accept,perhaps.

True. We can all have our indecisive moments in which it paralyzes us to take action.

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navsihra | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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We, all, are Hamlets in one sense or the other.There is no man in the world who did not ever feel that he could act, had it been any other situation.Tn that situation, we all might have felt miserable like hamlet,fluttering our reason in vain;wetting our pillows;losing our confidence as well as a  hold on our sense of righteousness;watching our ships sinking;cursing the Time that was 'OUT OF JOINTS';trying to set things right in our own world;trying to be a schemer,a planner....well,things were planned already and we never knew it.we might have kept on reflecting;checking things out again and again to ensure we were doing our best to set things all right...or wondering whether we were really acting at all...!!!

Anyhow...we might have shared the disgust and the unwillingness of Hamlet.

...And finally,we all might have learnt a lesson:

there is divinty that shapes our ends/Rough hew them how we will.

And

There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come;/ if it be not to come, it will be now;/ if it be not now, yet it will come:/ the readiness is all.

Finally, we come to know what matter is our readiness to act and we accept this fact that we are just agents...not planners..that's the most difficult thing to accept,perhaps.

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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For me, it basically means that no matter what the circumstances and no matter how severe those circumstances are, anyone can be paralyzed to act or do something. A person's inability to at least do something is a powerful force for people to read when it comes to a student's life about trying to get into college, an employee who wants to quit ot get a raise, or even someone who wants to start a small business. It's a powerful play to get someone to act.

I think that's why it is used in business school as a case example.

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