Hamlet theme #3

Hamlet theme #3 - his or her behavior Can we know whether...

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Morales Trying to Understand the Incomprehensible What separates Hamlet from other revenge plays is that the action we expect to see from Hamlet is continually postponed while he tries to obtain more knowledge about what he is doing. This play poses many questions about the metaphysical. Can we have certain knowledge about ghosts? Is the ghost a reliable source or is it really a misleading fiend? How can we know the validity of a crime that has no witnesses? Can we know the state of a person’s mind by judging
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Unformatted text preview: his or her behavior? Can we know whether our actions will have the consequences we want them to have? Can we know anything about the afterlife? Many people have seen Hamlet as a play about indecisiveness, and thus about Hamlet’s failure to act appropriately. It might be more interesting to consider that the play shows us how many uncertainties that are beyond the scope of human comprehension yet involved in our lives....
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course SCHOLARS 1111 taught by Professor Mason during the Spring '11 term at GWU.

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