and he is undecided. As aman, he feels that it is his responsibility to kill Claudius to make him pay forthe wrongs committed one being the murder of his father, however, as aChristian his moral knowledge acknowledges the fact that it is wrong to killanother human being no matter what they have done against a person. Thedivergent views of two distinct generations are brought to the fore in the playsignifying a tremendous change in the attitude and leadership style of thecurrent and probably future Kings which is among the themes that Shakespeare introducesin the play. Hamlet is different from both his father and uncle who bothjustify their wrong doings. For instance, Claudius is aware that what he isdoing is wrong and as a Christian, he knows that it will lead to hell but hecontinues with his wrongdoings, but he is more concerned about being able toremain in power and protecting his vast wealth. Hamlet is aware that he issupposed to obey the commands of his father, which is killing of Claudius, whichin turn will result in two primary things.
First, he would have avenged hisfather’s death, and second he will be appointed as the King, however despitethe fact that the “benefits” associated with Claudius’ death Hamlet is notwilling due to the fear of doing something wrong. Theinfluence of Christianity in regards to various decisions and the arisingconflict is brought to the fore. Initially, the community was in support of thenotion that it was the responsibility of the closest relative of a murdered manto avenge his death. However, the society had embraced Christianity and was infavor of mercy as well as forgiveness. Referring to the two beliefs in the playbrings about some empathy towards Hamlet thus he is not judged harshly forbeing undecided on whether to kill or not to kill. It is vital to note thateven though Hamlet is driven by the desire to revenge his father’s death hisChristian beliefs prevent him from doing so. Theinability to swiftly make up his mind in killing Claudius is what makes him atragic character in the play.
His failure to promptly turn all his ideas intoaction makes him vulnerable of being killed by Claudius. However, as the playcomes to an end, the audience is left wondering what inspired some of theactions by the protagonists in regards to different issues. Hamlet finallychanges his attitude towards some of the principles that he had followed hiswhole life.
For a long time Hamlet had been able to stay away from what is thoughtof as dirty fighting, he can commit three murders and even manages to changethe content of the letters that had initially ordered for his execution. Thetremendous change of behavior of Hamlet first comes about in the scene in whichhe casually explains how he had managed to escape death and send Rosencrantzand Guildenstern to be executed without their knowledge to Horatio who isvisibly shocked. Hamlet, on the other hand, is not disturbed at all andcounters Horatio’s surprise by articulating that they were aware of the danger.
Hamlet thus transforms from an individual who at one time valued life to anindividual who can casually rationalize cold-blooded betrayal and murder. Heeven makes it his responsibility to correct all the wrongs carried out by hisUncle. Just like in any other play various themes come to light such as:The fact that all humanbeings at one time or another will have to die is discussed right from thebeginning of the play. After the death of his father Hamlet is left ponderingabout various issues related to death and the things that happen after anindividual dies. In that aspect, Shakespeare obliges the audience to accept thefact that death is inevitable no matter what social status an individual holdsin the society.
The play also discusses the fear that most people have inregards to the uncertainty of what happens after an individual dies and notdeath itself. At the end of the play, approximately eight of the mainprotagonists die either after being murdered or committing suicide the questionthat is not answered is what happens to the people who commit suicide.It is important to notethat in the entire play there are only two women whose names are mentioned;however, their effect on the other characters in the play is immense. Hamletsmother Gertrude is brought out as a woman who is easy to convince and isdesperate to find solace. Hamlet is concerned and loves his mother, but he isof the opinion that she remarried too quickly, which he interprets to mean thatshe did not love his father. The marriage of Gertrude to Claudius can be determinedto have influenced Hamlet negatively, as he becomes too wary of women thusmaking him careful with his relationship with Ophelia.
However the issue ofwhether the women in the play deserved to be treated as they were cannot bevividly certain as it is bound to bring up varied opinions. There is always aconstant struggle among human beings when it comes to fate and free will. Inthe play, Shakespeare seems to suggest that the choices that individuals makeultimately have some effects on some events later on in life. For instance,Hamlet agrees willingly to take part in the duel that eventually leads to hisdeath. Hamlets character in the play is brought out as great Christianwho does not allow fate to shape his destiny but making sound decisions.
Invarious occasions, he refuses to consent to fate. He is aware that he isobliged by his father’s ghost to avenge his death. However, he relies on theBible for guidance, which articulated that it is not right to kill anotherperson even if they are evil like Claudius. Indeed Shakespeare is one of themost renowned play writers whose work has been appreciated by people fromdifferent parts of the world.
One of the plays that he has written is TheTragedy of Hamlet, a story which revolves around a young Prince by the name ofHamlet who is asked by his father’s ghost to avenge his death by killingClaudius. The play is one of the plays that is considered as most influential;it is also vital to appreciate the fact that it is the longest of all the playswritten by Shakespeare. Other aspects make the play to stand out from the restapart from the length.