The hero in Hamlet grows in wisdom in the course of the action.  Give reason.short note please

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In Hamlet, the hero learns the following:

  • There is an after-life: the Ghost is a supernatural being trapped in Purgatory.
  • King Hamlet is murdered: this reshapes Hamlet's thinking and motivation throughout the play, and the theme of death is the play's primary focus
  • "Frailty thy name is woman." He learns that women are easily deceived and manipulated by men, and they lack the proper means to recognize and defend themselves against their husbands, kings, and fathers.
  • Denmark is a prison: as a police-state, it is full of spies, and no one can be trusted--not even old college buddies.
  • Revenge is a dish best served really, really cold. Hamlet waits until he is near-dead to enact revenge.  In this way, he both fulfills his father's wishes and his own, sending both souls to heaven.
  • Revenge doesn't pay. In the end, everyone who enacts revenge is either dead (Hamlet, Laertes, Claudius) or left emotionally dissatisfied (Fortinbras).
  • It is best to be a man of action and a man of thinking. A synthesis of the two produces the Rennaissance Man.  One should believe and act in unison.
  • Theater elicits katharsis and guilt. Hamlet sees Claudius' confession after the staging of the Mousetrap.  In that moment, Hamlet realizes that art has the power to produce powerful emotions.
  • One should live being ready to die. "The readiness is all" is the explicit answer to his "To be or not to be?" question earlier.  Hamlet moves from denial to acceptance of death.