Examples Of Nihilism In Hamlet

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In Hamlet, Shakespeare has presented a widespread demonstration of nihilism. Nihilism is depicted as an existential hollowness that occurs as a response to life that persistently evades opportunities for meaning. The paradox of Hamlet’s character moves between pessimism and desperate hopefulness. John Bell describes Hamlet as having ‘lots of dark corners. He is a mass of contradictions’ (Bell, 190). Upon learning of his father's murder Hamlet's first thoughts thereafter are of pursuing a burning, violent revenge unto Claudius. However, his subsequent actions do not replicate these undertakings. As a result of Hamlet’s shortcomings, the world appears purposeless and Hamlet evokes imagery of sickness, corruption and imprisonment as a reflection

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