Friday, November 14, 2008

Hamlet Act 3- Response quesiton

A reoccurring theme in Shakespeare’s plays in death. For instance, in this play death seems to be the only way to completely get rid of a person’s problems. What do you think Shakespeare is trying to say about society?

22 comments:

TaylorS2009 said...

I think that Shakespere is trying to say that society as a whole is nothing but bound to failure. There is always going to be someone doing something wrong, which in turn screws over the entire community. Death is the only way to completely solve this problem.

KendraS2009 said...

Shakespeare is trying to say that society is selfish. Everybody is constantly making mistakes and people overreact because they are motivated by selfishness. All anybody thinks about is themselves. Also, suicide is a completely selfish act. Even if in killing yourself you get rid of your problems, you hurt a lot of people and you only help yourself.

LaurenB2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is saying that as a society we tend to take the easiest way out of our problems. Unfortunately the easiest way out is death. He is saying that people are generally week and tend to just give up when something bad comes their way. When it comes to his characters killing one another he shows how our society uses murder to get rid of problems without having to face them themselves. Overall Shakespeare makes a great point about people, when the going starts to get rough we will find the easiest way out.

KaitlanW2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is showing that in his society people feel the only thing they can turn to for comfort, or justice is the darkness. Everything that happens in Shakespeare's plays has some dark evil twist to it, at times the dark action is killing someone, or themselves. I think that Shakespeare is saying that his society is weak, in that they can never find another way to solve a problem other than death. They always take the "easy" way out, instead of choosing a harder, more stressful path.

AdrienneB2009 said...

My friends dumbed it down for me by telling me The Lion King is based on Hamlet. Ironically, I think natural selection was one of Shakespear's messages. There will be an ongoing power struggle. The weak will be pushed out or even eliminated by death. One can only hope the next dominant character to be a hero who prevails. Similarly in Beowulf, that death would determine who is epic and who is tragic.

mollyp2010 said...

I think that shakspeare is saying that society tends to do things to the extreme. Like, instead of just working through your problems and moving on,the problem has to be destroyed, and people have to die. Also he may be suggesting that many people in society are very self centered. They get hurt by a situation and are so blinded by their emotions that they have to go to extremes and rash actions have to be taken. However many times thoughts of how their actions will affect the lives of others dont even cross their mind.

michellem2009 said...

Society is weak and incapable of coping with the difficulties of day to day hardships. If people experience difficulties, they often try to take the easy way out of things, in order to avoid this tough times. Unfortunately, the easy way to get out of something tough is death. People feel like that is an easy way out, and Shakespeare proved this in Hamlet by killing everyone in the story who is face with something difficult.

Pat said...

I think Shakespeare is trying to say that society is corrupt. He is showing that everyone is selfish and doesn't care about other peoples interests. It also shows the value of life is very low. I think he is trying to get out the message to be more carring and understanding of other people.

Lauren L said...
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Lauren L said...

I think Shakespeare is trying to say people do not know how to end their problems. Death seems to be something people fear so its threatened. People are selfish and are quick to take peoples lives to satisfy their own. When death becomes a common action the society is in way over its head. Though Shakespeares plays have a lot of death in them he proves to us that death is not the way to go by having hamlets dad come back to life in a ghost presence.

KatieM2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is trying to say that nobody can solve a problem on their own. By killing each other they are just finding the easy way out of problems that have been created between each other. For example, Hamlets way to solve his internal emotions from the death of his father is to kill Claudius. He could just confront Claudius and tell him that he knows but that would be too difficult and would cause problems. So instead he makes the choice in his mind to kill him.

MollyT177 said...

I think shakespear is tryin to say that people are creatured with no will. That instead of trying to find any way possible to be able to fix their problems. They are more probable to give up and give in. Death is he only answer, people are of weak nature

EricL2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is saying that problems stay with you till your dealth bed. Dealth is the only way that these problems are canceled and totally done. Shakespeare gives the idea that it should be an eye for an eye.

MackenzieL2009 said...

I think that Shakespear is saying that sometimes only death can solve the twisted problems that rise in society. What is interesting, though, is that it seems the death of the king caused much of the problems, and maybe death is the only way to fix them. Therefore, perhaps death, while causing problems can also be cleansing because, in this case, it will give another generation the opportunity to start over and make the choice between good and evil.

SaraB2009 said...

I think what Shakespeare is trying to say about society is that people do not know how to deal with their problems in a civil way. I also think that society does not like to work things out, they like to use the quickest solution to get rid of there problems.

TaylorH2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is trying to indicate that as a society we are always looking for the easy way out of things and death would be the ultimate way of remvoing oneself from the situation.

Wil... said...

The brilliance, the sheer beauty of allusion to society in Shakespeare's plays conveys the message like a beast talking to a small child. It takes a wonderful mind to understand the complexities of society as a whole, but i truly believe Shakespeare is trying to delineate the fact that will always be an opposing side to an argument, there will always be a weak link, although this does not mean that single weak link can drag the entire collective down.

EricB2009 said...

I really believe that Shakespere is really saying that everything that happens in society either goes bad or turns out stabing someone in the back. This ties in to the whole concept of selfishness and how everyone is looking after themselves. It just is saying that everyone is bound to fail in the society shakespere has created.

DrewB2009 said...

I think Shakespeare is trying to say that society is not willing to forgive and therefore has to kill people as their solution. Death is a snowball effect and once it starts people keep getting killed because it can't be stopped. There seems to be no solution to this problem in Hamlet.

IreneL2010 said...

I think that Shakespeare is trying to get across the idea that people are lazy and only want to take the easy way out of their problems. Killing is a strong way of getting your emotions and wants out in the open. People want everyone to feel for them but they don't want to take time out of their lives to do so.

KCH2009 said...

well first of all death is not a way to completlty get rid of someone because in multiple occasions shakespeare shows people who are still tormented by ghosts, hamlet with his father, Lady Mcbeth and the candle light.

second of all, i think shakespeare is saying that people are savage and lazy, they would rather kill a person to get their way than talk and nagotiate to fix the problem.

HaileyM2009 said...

I think that Shakespeare is describing how complicated everything in life can be. He describes murder as the only solution for many of the characters, which is just a quick way out of their problems.
It's almost as if the characters are lazy and unwilling to work hard in order to solve something, instead taking the problem away by taking away someone else's life or even their own.