In the play Hamlet, the playwright William Shakespeare discusses Hamlet’s nature as a philosophical, deep thinker provides both rich language and interesting ideas throughout the play. He claims that human nature is ruled through one’s emotions and impulses. Shakespeare explains this idea within the play through the character Hamlet as Hamlet’s decisions are primarily controlled by his anger and despair. He also informs us that through emotion and trust, manipulation shaped many of the character’s decisions.
Furthermore, he states Hamlet’s quest of avenging his father, slowly impairs his sense of morality. Shakespeare’s view of humanity as seen through Hamlet, that human nature is ruled through one’s emotions and impulses. Firstly, Shakespeare uses thoughts and actions of Hamlet to show that his decisions control by his anger and despair. In Hamlet’s circumstances are surrounding by enemies, in this condition, he cannot believe anybody, even his mother and lover.
This extremely isolation brings Hamlet extreme stress and depression, these effect his nature to become emotional disorder and impulsive behaviors that effects his nature. His anger and despair which culminate in the scene, where Hamlet impulsively stabs Polonius through the tapestry. During the scene where Hamlet and his mother are having a heated conversation, Hamlet is speaking so brutally to his mother that Polonius, who is hiding behind the tapestry, blurts out in desperation so that Hamlet doesn’t murder his mother. Hamlet so shocked by this spy, screams out, “How now a rat? Dead for a ducat, dead” Hamlet drive his mother into a corner and kill Polonius. Hamlet allows emotion to provoke him to unthinkingly violent action without a clear evidence of who is behind the tapestry. This uncertainty of who Hamlet has just killed is exposed when Gertrude asks Hamlet who he has just killed and Hamlet in bewilderment asks, “Nay I know not, Is it the King?”.
Hamlet was so enraged by this intruder that he acted out of emotion and killed a man because he thought it was the King, his father’s murderer. Little did Hamlet know the pain and misery this blunder of emotion would cause him. This single act of emotion led to the death of Ophelia, Laertes, and himself.
William Shakespeare highlights the events in the life of Hamlet to enhance his belief that acting on emotions and impulses are burdensome and destructive in one’s life, and can in turn lead to death. Hence, Hamlet’s decisions are primarily controlled by his anger and despair.