Idleness and passion: Hamlet's tragic character in the light of stoicism and medieval Christian philosophy

Sossalla, Nadja (2016) Idleness and passion: Hamlet's tragic character in the light of stoicism and medieval Christian philosophy. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis explores the character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's same-titled work in the light of certain aspects of stoicism and medieval Christian philosophy. Throughout the course of the play we see Hamlet struggling with his thoughts. At first he deliberates without taking action as a consequence of his reasoning, but in the later stages of the play he gives in to passion, which ultimately leads to his own demise. The thesis gives an account of certain aspects of both philosophies that are displayed in the play and shows how those ideas influence the character of Hamlet and contextualize his personal tragedy. Hamlet fails to follow the philosophies that he praises and to grow as a character by overcoming his passions over the course of the play.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11705
Item ID: 11705
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 122-124).
Keywords: Philosophy, Hamlet, Shakespeare, Christian Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, Passion, Stoicism, Ancient Philosophy
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Philosophy
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Stoics in literature; Christian philosophy; Philosophy, Medieval; Christianity and literature; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.--Hamlet

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