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Essay: Hamlet and Finding the Reality in Ecstasy

By Katherine Christians

This essay was written for Tri-City Prep’s College Composition 102 class.

The protagonist’s father appeared before him; ashen and dressed for battle. The form of his hulking parent is transparent enough to grant him the ability to see the trees behind the once-living man. The ghost of his father tells the harrowing tale of his death to his son; one not of natural causes; but of murder. The son is left alone, bloodless and shaking, with one task: to avenge his father’s death. Though the dramatic air to this moment is admirable, the fact that a ghost appeared to tell his son of it’s murder; is questionable, to say the least. If someone assaulted someone else and then proceeded to tell the jury that they did so because a ghost told them to, their sanity would most likely be questioned. But when such a thing happened in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the audience seemed to have no qualms believing in the actions of a madman.

The Shakespearean tragedy, Hamlet, is the story of a young man who’s father just died, and an uncle who stole his throne. Wrought with anger and confusion, Hamlet is told, by the ghost of his father, that his uncle, the new king, was his murderer. Bent on getting revenge for his father’s wrongful death, Hamlet “pretends” to be corrupted with ecstasy; or madness. As the play progresses, Hamlet’s actions, and sanity, grow more questionable; until, finally, Hamlet’s deranged activities lead to the death of his uncle, mother, peer, and himself. The question that haunts the audience during the play is: was Hamlet truly mad, or was he just pretending? Continue reading

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A Fraud Named Shakespeare

By Natalie Krafft

With references of Greek figures and Biblical illusions, one would be lead to believe that William Shakespeare was a playwright with extensive knowledge. To imagine Queen Elizabeth I as the real Shakespeare makes sense. She was a well-educated woman who had a love for drama and theatre. Shakespeare himself was alive but he most certainly was not the playwright genius modern day Western society has made him out to be. Upon further examination of his class, the lack of information kept on record of him, and the fact that he has written very risqué plays that should have gotten him beheaded, it is not outrageous to question his authenticity. Queen Elizabeth is the genius behind Shakespeare because of her education, her status, her love of drama and theatre, and her immense power.

Queen Elizabeth was born on September 7, 1533 at Greenwich Palace. Her father was King Henry VIII and her mother was Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife. Her father’s marriage to Anne was condemned by the Holy Roman Emperor and thus painted Queen Elizabeth I as illegitimate. The only reason King Henry decided to marry Anne Boleyn was out of love and a need for a son as heir to the throne. This scandal made Queen Elizabeth I birth one of the most exciting, politically speaking, during the 16th century. Once this had happened, King Henry had pleaded with his daughter, Mary, to relinquish her title as Princess of Wales and support his new marriage to Anne. However, Mary refused and blamed both Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth for her decline of power. King Henry himself was brought to power after his brother and rightful heir, Arthur had died. This began the reign of the Tudors. Although King Henry did eventually have a son, he died soon after which left Mary with all the power. When Queen Mary had taken power and began her infamous purging of all those non – Catholic, she soon gave her throne to her half – sister on the condition she ruled as a Catholic. This left Elizabeth I to become queen in the 16th century and turn right around on her promise to be Catholic and go back to her Protestant ways. (Henry) (Queen)

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