How Hamlet Defines What It Means To Be Human

“What is a man if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed: a beast no more.” Hamlet is telling us a profound truth that we as humans often live without using many faculties exlusive to our species. Unlike other animals we have the gift of imagination and the capacity to improve ourselves. If we use these things only sparingly, life may get dull, and if we completely neglect to use these things, life may seem oftentimes lifeless. Hamlet notes, “He that made us with such large discourse… gave us not that capability and godlike reason to fust in us unused.” Just don’t be like the hobby-horse; whose epitaph reads:

For O, for O: the hobby-horse is forgot.

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3 thoughts on “How Hamlet Defines What It Means To Be Human

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  2. This is so interesting and well written. I know that Shakespeare’s characters continue to be relevant to our struggles, desires, our character, integrity and existential choices today. But this post beautifully ties Hamlet’s soul searching amidst such tragedy and calls on each of us to live up to our highest potential and according to our values. An important message indeed!

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