Essay on Hamlet and Othello - Textual Analysis 6 April 2015...

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Textual Analysis6 April 2015To Be Evil or Nahh?You can murder a multitude of people on your way to the store; but you did not set out tomurder them when you first left. Does that make you less evil? One would not excuse the actionsof another just because the intent was not there; evil is evil. Evil can be interpreted and expressedin many different was and committing evil actions does not make one evil in themselves.Shakespeare has explored the idea of evil in many plays and characters that we have seen anddiscussed. The understanding of the term from Shakespeare context and personal interpretation isthat evil is anything, be it thoughts or actions, with ill-intent to cause mental or physical harm toothers for personal gain, amusement, or simply because they can. Evil can come in many forms;such as that of animals, actions, thoughts, and people. While many people have differentopinions on what is evil or not, they cannot dismiss wrongful or unlawful actions taken againstothers as anything other than bad; and just because a person does or thinks something evil, itdoes not limit them to the category of evil as a whole. One must be consistent in their evilnessfor it to be a personality trait.Two characters who are typically believed to be not evil are Hamlet, prince of Denmark,and Othello, the moor of Venice. While it would appear to many that they are both tragic heroes,that is not the case in this paper. Hamlet is more ambiguous when it comes to labelling him asevil or not due to his current and deteriorating mental state; while Othello is very reasonably seenas not evil although he committed an extremely evil act. The difference between the evil actionsdone by Hamlet and Othello are the intent behind them and the factors leading up to the events.
Many outside influences have an impact on the two and lead them down their paths ofdestruction and help us form an opinion about the circumstances. Hamlet is a complex character. He exhibits multiple psychological problems throughoutthe play which makes the label of “evil” harder to place on him than others. Mental illness is aprime excuse to use for Hamlets behavior. He is sporadic and does not know what to do withhimself sometimes. Others around him notice and acknowledge the strangeness he displays in themoments they are with him and many people worry about him. His mother and uncle themselvestry to see what is wrong with him when is acts bizarre with them around. Hamlet has a lot goingon with him from the start of the play before his meets the ghost of his father. He is deeplydisturbed by the fact that his uncle and mother have gotten married and are having sex so soonafter his father has passed away and his does not know how to handle that. He also mourns thedeath of his father and has a great deal of stress being the prince of the land. Hamlet seems tohave many psychological issues. He seems to have manic depression and can very well have

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