Hamlet Essay | How Are the Tensions Which Were a Part of Elizabethan Society Shown through Shakespeare's 'hamlet'

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How Are the Tensions Which Were a Part of Elizabethan Society Shown through Shakespeare's 'hamlet'

Summary: Contextual Analysis of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'.

Shakespeare's portrayal of Hamlet's attitudes to what critics have referred to as his `dilemma'?


The `dilemma' which has been presented to Hamlet is the question which refers to avenging his father's death, which consequently leads to Hamlet delaying his revenge. With overview, it seems that Hamlet, being a loyal prince and son was expected to seek revenge and bring justice back to the court. However, the complexities present in Hamlet demonstrate why the young prince finds difficulty in doing so. Shakespeare uses Hamlet to allow the audience to trace how human consciousness evolves, by presenting the ways in which Hamlet deals with his dilemma and how he delays in exacting revenge, eventually showing that the natural human psychological path is that of growth, not spontaneity.

The tensions that surrounded the current situation in Elizabethan England in terms of military threats, is reflected in Hamlet's dilemma, as well as within...

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