What Hamlet Would not Like about American Culture

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What Hamlet Would not Like about American Culture
Hamlet would be upset about American culture because it is hypocritical and shallow, is based on pleasure and not lasting values, does not have stable families, promotes drinking and over-eating, and is too fast in general.
When we first see Hamlet, he says “A little more than kin, and less than kind” (1.2, 65) about his uncle Claudius. Claudius is really just interested in power and in himself, and he is more than an uncle now because he has also become Hamlet’s step-father. Yet he is not really “kin” or “kind” at all. Hamlet also views Polonius as a hypocrite, and even Ophelia, for he says that God gives women one face and they “make themselves another” by using make up to trick men about...
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.....mlet could not kill Claudius quickly, and he always thought and thought about everything. Hamlet is known for his “moody speculations about the state of the world,” (Johnston), and needs to think about the situation from several angles, as in his “to be or not to be” speech. Although Hamlet’s way of thinking is extreme, taking the time to reflect is a deep, slow, natural activity. Hamlet would not approve of a society that does not allow enough time for this.
Works Cited
Johnston, Ian. "The Issue of Language: Introduction to Richard II and Hamlet." English 366: Studies in Shakespeare (1999): n. pag. Web. 12 Nov 2010. <http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/eng366/lectures/richard2.htm>.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Add info on which edition