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Unformatted text preview: Evan Brown Mary Wertheimer English 12 Honors 4 March 2010 Not Good Enough There is an old saying, “It’s easier said than done.” I have realized this in sports, school, and many other aspects of life. People can easily be critics or coaches without being able to do what they say. Some people often criticize current and past presidents, adding their input on the decision that the presidents have made. Some people feel as if they could be a great president and fix all the issues the country is facing. These people think they could do a better job than the president, but these people in all reality don’t understand the challenges and processes of the job that make fixing an issue difficult. This is similar to Mark Rose’s analysis of Shakespeare’s Hamlet ; the expectations for Hamlet put on by the ghost are imprisoning Hamlet in Denmark because he cannot achieve them easily. In this story Hamlet tries to meet his father’s expectations which are not as easy as first thought. The first way Hamlet tries to please his father is through getting revenge by killing Claudius. Early in the book, Hamlet follows the ghost of his father to a point where they can be alone to talk privately. One of the first things the ghost says before getting into great details is, “GHOST. So art thou to revenge, when thou shalt hear” (1.5.12). The ghost goes on to describe the situation of the murder to persuade Hamlet to seek revenge for him for the murder that the ghost describes as “most foul, as in the best it is,/ But the most foul, strange, and unnatural” (1.5. 33-34). At that moment Hamlet was ready for revenge but didn’t know who to seek revenge on until the ghost released the big secret: “The serpent that did sting thy father’s life/ Now wears his Brown 1 crown” (1.5.46-47). Hamlet was already frustrated about his father’s brother/ uncle (Claudius) crown” (1....
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