Literary Analysis over Hamlet

LiteraryAnalysis over Hamlet

Shakespeare’splay Hamletplay presents Hamlet as a character who constantly indulges inactivities that bring external and internal conflicts. The linkagebetween a man and his consciousness give rise to internal conflictwhile clashing opinions and ideas from outside parties give rise toexternal conflicts. Several physical aspects of conflicts arise dueto the sensitivities and internal deliberations that Hamlet putforward.

Hamlets’postponement to act on his suspicious about Claudius is a clearindication of the internal conflict in the play. He believes thatClaudius led to the death of his father however he is unable todecide on whether to revenge the death (Shakespeare, Werstine &ampMowat 54). This is attributed to the many responsibilities associatedwith retaliating his father’s death. For instance, any attempt torevenge the death of his father may cause emotional distress to hismother, who is already married to Claudius. Following this, heprocrastinates all his actions since he is determined to get thefacts right (Shakespeare et al 73) “And thus the indigenous hue ofresolution…. stickled o’er with the place of thought”

Undeniably,his conscience develops into an internal conflict. Firstly, therevenge that he plans to take affects his physical body beforeaffecting his mind and soul. His ego and other emotional conflictstake full control hence, he fails to follow his heart. Eventually,Hamlet develops an alter-ego character that makes him demented andwicked. He continually fights with his consciousness he cannotdecide whether to murder or not to murder Claudius.

Hamletportrays an external conflict when he argues with his mother over hermarriage to Claudius Hamlet deemed the marriage as unlawful. Duringthis argument, Hamlet mistakes King’s councilor Polonius forClaudius and strikes him dead. This, eventually, widens tensionbetween him and Claudius (Shakespeare et al 107).

Indeed,Hamlet’s leads to several internal and external conflicts in theplay, which occurred due to lack of decisiveness on what to do. Thisshows that when many people, in today’s society, encounter pressureand problems, they develop internal conflict within themselves aswell as cause external conflict within the society.


Shakespeare,William, Werstine Paul (Edt), &amp Mowat, Barbara (Edt). Hamlet.New York: Simon &amp Schuster, Folger Shakespeare Library Series,2003. Print.