Game Over: The Dramatic Action of Hamlet

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Game Over: The Dramatic Action of Hamlet
1. Polonius is a fool. He is an intelligent fool, so his character appears to have dimensions, but his foolish actions no matter how well disguised by big words and courtly behavior demonstrate that he is a fool. He is the type of person who is more concerned about appearances than with substance. He is capable of showing substance, yet he just selects superficial actions that add to his self-esteem. He is insecure, and challenged by the intellect of people like Hamlet. He is the type of a person that makes judgments to fit his superficial needs, without any thought for the dignity of others. Polonius pretends to be virtuous but it is all a façade. The mask he wears is not known by most of the...
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.....n a proper mask and doesn’t say anything against anyone. Hamlet says: “She married. O, most wicked speed, to post/ With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!/ It is not nor it cannot come to good:/ But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue” (Act I, Scene ii). It is beyond belief that a man can think these things, even know these things, and not be able to commit to a course of action to avenge the usurper of his father. Hamlet is not strong enough, and all he can do is wonder about how he cannot do what needs to be done, which causes him “To be or not to be” (Act III, Scene i).
Works Cited
"Hamlet: Entire Play." The Complete Works of William Shakespeare . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2010. <http://shakespeare.mit.edu/hamlet/full.html>.