Sample Term Paper
The Ghost was part of the opening scene and set the tone of the play. Hamlet, hugely distrustful of King Claudius and geared up for revenge formulates a plan to divert his attention. This level of covert thinking is nowhere near the innocence depicted of him in the beginning. His plan was to play himself out as a mentally handicapped individual incapable of forming a revolt against King Claudius, who was similarly distrustful of Hamlet in return.
This involved being in mad love with Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, the chief counselor to Claudius and displaying it through a series of crazy stints such as rushing into her room and staring at her blankly. Polonius was convinced of the madness, which was to his peril since it influenced his decision to spy on a conversation between Hamlet and his Queen mother, causing Hamlet to suspect it was Claudius and mistakenly killing him, though without any regret. This was directly after Hamlet had staged a play re-enacting his father’s death having Claudius in the audience, prompting a reaction from him at the scene, thereby certifying his guilt.
Such actions suggest a developed mindset at the hands of Hamlet. Without letting emotions overshadow his judgment, he formulated these plans to verify the Ghost’s claims and thereby realize his revenge scheme. As a result, Hamlet was solidifying his own beliefs and furthering his own ideas, as opposed to someone else driving him with suggestions. This was more a sign of adulthood than anything, and having killed Polonius, Hamlet had not only gotten his hands dirty but also invited hostility at the hands of Laertus, Polonius’s son. Grappled by grief at Ophelia’s death, Hamlet and Laertus scuffle at her funeral, Laertus deeming him responsible for her death as well.
In the final battle with Laertus, Hamlet displays an act of medieval valor by killing Laertus with his own poison tipped sword. Even though Hamlet was wounded, he unearthed Claudius’s plans to kill him and having reached him, slays him as well, fulfilling his pledge to his father’s spirit. The fact that Hamlet did not lose a conscious state of mind even in his dying moments, declaring Prince Fortinbras of Norway (considered an enemy of Denmark) as his heir shows how far he has come in his quest for maturity from his initial plight of innocence.
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