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  1. Introduction
  2. Hamlet's establishment of his religious beliefs
  3. Hamlet's recognition of the innate, limitless capacity for knowledge
  4. Conclusion: Hamlet's gradual metamorphosis

In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Hamlet meets his demise with acceptance as he has reached a matured, highly introspective level of self-awareness. His state of satisfaction derives from a rigorous course of transformation. Throughout the play, he explores the design of mankind which he believes to dictate certain flaws innate in each individual. Hamlet later applies the ideological revelation to his own character, plunging deeply within himself to discover the extent of his wisdom and power, stretching his morality to a breaking point when he directly instigates the deaths of Polonius, Rosenkrantz, and Guildenstern. Through heavy contemplation, he determines each course of action and develops each self-governing principle proving that no misguided fortune, or random error, commanded his death. In fact, an order exists to each set of principles as well as each series events. By Aristotle's definition, Hamlet cannot be a tragic hero. His evolving sense of self and thorough comprehension of the design of mankind leads him to a content finality.

[...] Hamlet declares, 238). He will embrace his realizing that it is both his corrupt flaw and his superior wisdom as it isolates himself from his friends and family and elevates himself to a more profound level of analytical thinking. Because Hamlet has created such a system of principles defining the inner design of mankind and his own corruption, his demise does not occur as product of error from without. If innate, the design to which he attributes death must be a form of predestination planned by a superior entity and is therefore far from tragic. [...]


[...] Hamlet constantly thirsts for knowledge, questioning everyone and everything around him. His sincere curiosity sets him apart from the rest of mankind. However, in appreciating this virtue, he must accept the subconscious fear it strikes in those who know less. All of the characters internally recognize the great power an intelligence Hamlet exudes, outwardly categorizing his seemingly irrational behavior as mad as they cannot comprehend the merit behind his actions. Though frustrated by the lack of understanding, he later comes to terms with their inability to see and share the wisdom he possesses. [...]

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