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Unformatted text preview: The experience and meaning of the play cannot be confined within the limits of seventeenth century social thinking. Arnold Kettle has concluded that although Shakespeare created Hamlet many centuries ago the play has withstood the test of time and upheld its integrity. The revenge tragedy play represents Shakespeares reaction to a period of social upheaval when transitional tensions of an older worlds ideology of chivalry, feudalism and action were ignited towards a merging era of logical rationalism over immediacy of action. Therefore it is fair to conclude that Hamlet explores transformations. Hamlets humanist thinking, procrastination and complete lack of resolve are a result of his contradictory values. Hamlets oscillations reveal him to be trapped between feudal order and the new social attitude of contemplation and reason. By establishing Hamlet as a noble protagonist through honourable connotations of Lord Hamlet, Prince, out of thy star, the composer evokes our pathos through noble diction as we...
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