Books and Movies Reviews

Hamlet

Hamlet identifies with an adolescent of the 1990's more than
he does with the youth of his own time. Hamlet is immature,
sarcastic, and takes action during the heat of passion which
is very much like the behavior of the youth in the 1990's.
Love, control over action, and the ability to overcome
depression are just a few ways to prove maturity. It is
obvious Hamlet loves Ophelia in his own way ". . . the
celestial and my soul's idol, the most beautified Ophelia . . ."
(Hamlet. II, ii, 109- 110), but his way is not mature enough
to include trust toward his lover. The trust that Hamlet
should have given her was the key of his madness. This
madness that Hamlet cannot trust his love with is the same
madness that he loses total control over because of his
immaturity; it then causes him to do things, such as kill
Polonius, that a person that was mature could stop. The
madness that Hamlet assumes is understandable but he can
never get over the actual death of his father by still wearing
black a year later, and the hasty marriage of his mother to
Claudius. Compared to Horatio who is calm and cool
throughout the play, and Fortinbras who collected an army
to fight for his uncle's land and honor, Hamlet's maturity
level for his time is low, especially for being a prince. Today
Hamlet's age group is more immature than during his own
time so he relates to the youth of the 1990's better than he
does with the adolescents of his own time. Sarcasm, and
blunt rudeness is often used by Hamlet in order to offend
people that, during his time, he should not have offended.
Hamlet often used the hasty marriage of his mother to offend
Claudius. Thefirst time that Hamlet offends Claudius in the
company of another person is when Claudius is supposed to
be helping cheer Hamlet up. "A little more than kin, and less
than kind." (Hamlet. I, ii, 65) is just as rude during Hamlet&apo…

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