Hamlet in America, 2010

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Essay #: 061687
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Hamlet in America, 2010
Hamlet would not like America in 2010. Five aspects of America he would have problems with are the general relativistic values and lack of idealism; the political corruption and lack of political resolve; women’s immodest appearance and attitude; family issues; and the hurried pace of life. These areas are supported by statements Hamlet makes and topics he broods about in Shakespeare’s play.
Hamlet begins as an idealist, but ends as an unhappy pragmatist, and having to become this destroys him; he has to become more like Fortinbras and be willing to kill if he is to accomplish anything. The U.S. in 2010 demonstrates very little idealism, and is pretty much about money and practical or even selfish values; the whole...
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.....g to be done quickly; Hamlet could not decide to kill Claudius quickly, and he always thought and thought about everything. Hamlet needed to contemplate the situation from several angles, as in his “to be or not to be” speech. Reading and thinking are both private, unhurried, in depth activities. Hamlet would not enjoy a society that does not allow enough time for this.
By looking at these five aspects of our culture, we can more clearly see the world Hamlet felt he was losing, and see what so upset him and drove him to anger and bitterness.
Works Cited
Oakes. S.J., Edward T. "The Suffering, Abominable Hamlet". First Things, 12 07 2010. Web. 22 Jul 2010. <http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2010/07/the-suffering-abominable-hamlet>.