Friday, January 10, 2020
HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s Tainted Mind Essay
In act two, Hamlet presents a self loathing soliloquy, reflecting upon his hesitation in taking revenge upon King Claudius. Shamed and inspired by the courageous tone of a play actorÃ¢â¬â¢s speech, Hamlet vows to catch the KingÃ¢â¬â¢s guilt though a play of his own. However, while his plan may be viable, HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s reasoning suggests a tainted mind. The speech immediately focuses on HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s praise for the actor and disdain for his own lack of action. He displays a deep envy for the characterÃ¢â¬â¢s passion, while disparaging himself for lacking the same fervor. Ã¢â¬Å"Had he the motive and the cue for passion that I have? He would drown the stage in tears.Ã¢â¬ In reaction to his envy, Hamlet devises a vengeful plan. However, while indeed witty, attempting to sight someoneÃ¢â¬â¢s conscious hardly qualifies as the act of passion and significance that Hamlet so yearned for earlier in his soliloquy. This contradiction insinuates HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s inability to register emotion on a physical scale. While his mind can generate phrases and ideas of articulacy and beauty, itÃ¢â¬â¢s too tainted and preoccupied that it can not transfer the eloquent words he recites into reality. Thus, time and time again he will completely ignore the task at hand. HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s plot also suggests a weakness in his ability to understand human disposition. He plans on catching a grimace of evil or worry upon Claudius, believing that the sight of his own actions will prompt the KingÃ¢â¬â¢s emotions. Ã¢â¬Å"IÃ¢â¬â¢ll observe his looks, IÃ¢â¬â¢ll tent him to the quick.Ã¢â¬ So HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s important scheme hinges on a man publicly revealing his inner sentiment. While of course, such a notion is unreliable and impetuous, Hamlet trusts its validity. Ã¢â¬Å"The playÃ¢â¬â¢s the thing wherein IÃ¢â¬â¢ll catch the conscience of the King.Ã¢â¬ A man that would commit such a terrible crime, as that accused of Claudius, would hardly be affected, at least externally, by HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s plan. Hamlet obviously lacks a full understanding of the complexity of man. He evolved earlier in act one, when he so forcibly learned and noted that Ã¢â¬Å"ThereÃ¢â¬â¢s never a villain dwelling in Denmark but heÃ¢â¬â¢s an arrant knave.Ã¢â¬ Evidently, his mental evolution lacks completion, as true human nature is virtually unbeknownst to Hamlet. These imperfections, while proving a tainted mind, also serve to accentuate HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s character. Not often can a man speak his ideas so eloquently, yet express them with little resemblance, and understand them with even less accuracy. Perhaps the contradiction suggests a direct correlation between HamletÃ¢â¬â¢s secluded upbringing and schooling and his lack of understanding of human nature?