Kelly W, Rachel W, Meenakshi, Natalie F
Hamlet 1.5. – existentialism
“ O’cursed spite,/ that ever I was born to set it right.” (1.5. 189-190)
• Hamlet takes the responsibility that goes along with avenging his father’s murder. He takes on the role, agreeing to revenge because it is the responsibility as his father’s son, and he must set right the wrong that Claudius has done to old Hamlet.
• Within this scene, Hamlet embraces decisions because he instantly agrees to avenge his father and creates his plan, clearly showing how he has embraced this decision.
• He is no longer free because he now must avenge his father’s death, and he is bound by blood to carry out this deed whether he truly wishes to or not, clearly there is no freedom in this act.
“My hour is almost come/ when I to sulph’rous tormenting flames/must render up myself.” (1.5. 3-5).
• The world in which the play takes place is not rational, because there is a ghost talking to Hamlet, and in the rational world spirits/ghost do not exist.
“O all you host of heaven! O earth! What else?/ and shall I couple hell?” (1.5. 92-93)
• Highlights that within this scene Hamlet has a strong belief in god because after his dead father has appeared he calls out Gods name in a shock, looking for answers to what he just experienced and to see whether or not his plot for revenge is justified.
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