In the play Hamlet, the playwright William Shakespeare discusses Hamlet’s nature as a philosophical, deep thinker provides both rich language and interesting ideas throughout the play. He claims that human nature is ruled through one’s emotions and impulses. Shakespeare explains this idea within the play through the character Hamlet as Hamlet’s decisions are primarily controlled by his anger and despair. He also informs us that through emotion and trust, manipulation shaped many of the character’s decisions. Furthermore, he states Hamlet’s quest of avenging his father, slowly impairs his sense of morality. Shakespeare’s view of humanity as seen through Hamlet, that human nature is ruled through one’s emotions and impulses.
Firstly, Shakespeare uses thoughts and actions of Hamlet to show that his decisions control by his anger and despair. In Hamlet’s circumstances are surrounding by enemies, in this condition, he cannot believe anybody, even his mother and lover. This extreme isolation brings Hamlet extreme stress and depression, these lead his nature to become emotional disorder and impulsive behaviors. His anger and despair which culminate in the scene, where Hamlet impulsively stabs Polonius through the tapestry. He was hiding behind the tapestry, during Hamlet and his mother are having a heated conversation, Hamlet so shocks by this spy, he stabs him before he even know who is behind the tapestry, Hamlet is hopping it is Claudius. Hamlet, Aggressively drives Queen Gertrude into a corner.
“HAMLET: What’s the problem now?… HAMLET: No, by the rood, not so. You are the queen, your husband’s brother’s wife, And-would it where not so!-you are my mother…HAMLET: Come, come, and sit you down. You shall not budge. You go not till set up a glass Where you may see the infos part of you. GERTRUDE: What will thou do? Thou will not murder me? Help, help, ho!”(3,4,15-20) In the Hamlet’s quote, this shows his anger and despaired reach his limit. Queen is afraid of hearing the truth “O, speak to me no more! These words like daggers enter in my ears. No more, sweet Hamlet.
“(3,4,95-100) This is simile, his words are hurting her. She starts off not seeing her mistakes, but Hamlet tries open her eyes. Unfortunately, King Hamlet’s ghost appears in front of Hamlet and queen Gertrude, but she doesn’t see the ghost, She thinks Hamlet is going insane when she sees Hamlet’s reaction to the Ghost. Hamlet is so enraged by queen Gertrude and king Claudius that he acted out of emotion and killed a man because he thought it was the King, his father’s murderer. Hamlet’s emotion and despair lead to the death of one’s life and fall of the kingdom. All the evidences above proves that Hamlet’s decisions are primarily controlled by his anger and despair.
William Shakespeare highlights emotion and impulses of human frailty through the life of Hamlet. “Frailty, thy name is woman!”(1,2,150), This is one of the most widely known Hamlet’s soliloquy, Now this quotation has to change, turn the conventional wisdom on its head, “Frailty, thy name is all human beings!”