?It is clear that the theme of vengeance is merely a vehicle used by Shakespeare in order to articulate...themes central to humanity: relationships between father and son, mother and son, and Hamlet and his friends...youth and age....
Sun Tzu once said, “All war is based on deception.” These “wars” can be between nations, individuals, or even oneself; but they are all based on deception.
Hamlet talks a great deal aboutthe nature of human beings, characterizes himself as"indifferent[ly] honest" and "could accuse" himself of things forwhich it would have been better if he hadn't been born.
Teenaged Holden Caulfield("Catcher in the Rye") described the shamsof the "phony" society of the wealthy, and heard Hamlet had talkedabout the same theme.
Some people willtell you that this play must be the source of theseplot elements, which fit with the genre:You can decide for yourself; we're not going to know whetherthese were introduced by Kyd (or whoever wrote the first "Hamlet"play) or by Shakespeare.
Official U.S. denial of responsibility for the death and destruction wrought in Vietnam was reinforced by various cultural expressions. Accounts of the war in films such as The Deer Hunter (1978), First Blood (1982), Uncommon Valor (1983), Missing in Action (1984), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Hamburger Hill (1987), and Rambo III (1988) present American soldiers as righteous warriors who were prevented from winning by inept Washington politicians, the “liberal” media, and the peace movement. These films were part of a larger reactionary movement designed to restore America’s noble self-image, assuage guilt, and drown out the outrage felt by other Americans convinced that the administration had lied its way into an unnecessary war. Stories were spread that antiwar activists had spit on returning vets and that American POWs were being held in Vietnam, making America appear the victim rather than the aggressor in the war. The “lesson” for the hawkish crowd was that the U.S. should have, and could have, won the war.
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Now, when Hamlet expresses regrets that he's not completed his revenge, he compares himself unfavorably to the PlayerKing (who has just recited a ridiculous, bombastic speech)and to Fortinbras (who is getting thousands of people killed forno good reason at all -- I first became interested in Shakespeareduring the Vietnam war).
The nonsense about Hamlet being "unable to make up his mind"begins with his own speeches after hearing the Player King'sspeech on Hecuba (he berates himself for hesitating), and especially after talking to Fortinbras's soldier("thinking too precisely on the event" -- i.e., people whoobsess a lot are the ones who do the least).
Claudius,who Hamlet considers a very bad man, shows us his true mindtwice, and we see a struggle between his hunger for divine grace and his need to keep his wife's love.The morality plays that preceded Shakespeare showed examplesof good and bad people, and heroes that had a clear choice andmade it.
(Okay, this is silly.)Whether the court thinks the pearl is to be dissolved in acidifiedwine and drunk (occasionally done as conspicuous-consumption), or is a gift to Hamlet, you'll need to decide for yourself.
(Thanks to Hamlet, "foil" has come to mean anycharacter who contrasts with the hero, showing up what kind of person the hero is.)Hamlet apologizes to Laertes, and blames his distractedmental state -- he wasn't himself.
Hamlet says life itself is short ("The interim is mine, / Anda man's life's no more than to say 'One'.")Osric brings Laertes's challenge, Hamlet accepts.
Again, this is the themeof sincerity.)Hamlet already had a pretty good idea of whatthe English trip was all about, so his having a copy of the royalseal, and some wax and paper, is no surprise (as he already indicatedat the end of the bedroom scene.) Surprisingly, Hamlet talks aboutreading and changing the letters on an impulse, and has a famous line, "There's a divinity that shapes our ends / Rough-hewthem how we will." Rough-hew was to carve the basics of awoodcarving or sculpture, with the fine-shaping to follow.
(In Shakespeare's era, a monarch was called by the name of his countryfor short.) Shakespeare's heroes all develop as people, andmany people (myself included) dislike Hamlet's attitudetoward women as evidenced in the first half of the play.