International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(9), pp. 214-221, September, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

 DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.062

Research Paper

Revisiting Shakespeare: A Study of Human Nature in Hamlet and Macbeth


Hassan Abedi Firouzjaee1 and Dr. Omid Pourkalhor2


1Department of English Language. Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon, Iran

E-mail: h.abedi.literature@gmail.com

2Department of English Language. Islamic Azad University, Chalus, Iran

2Corresponding author’s E-mail: Pourkalhor@yahoo.com


Accepted 24 September 2014


It has been argued that general human behaviorist motivated by the nature the nature and characteristics of the human mind. Using a mixture of tragic and comic tones, Shakespeare studied human nature and provided a profound and deep analysis of the human mind in Hamlet and Macbeth. To this effect, the playwright examines the struggle of the human spirit out of darkness of errors and sin, in order to discover truth and wisdom. He uses Hamlet as a protagonist whose curiosity reflects the human quest for truth about the reasons that make the world corrupted. He also uses Macbeth to show that dark thought and unconscious temptations cause a man who lacks strength of character to do terrible actions. Through soliloquies in Hamlet and Macbeth and a reflective analysis of their human characteristics, Shakespeare identifies the complexity of the human mind. These two plays mirror realistic and universal views on psychological and psychoanalytical human features in life affairs and their interactions with their destinies.

Keywords: Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Protagonist, Unconscious human mind, Soliloquy.


Cite This Article As: Firouzjaee HA, Pourkalhor O (2014). Revisiting Shakespeare: A Study of Human Nature in Hamlet and Macbeth. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 2(9): 214-221


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