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complex man in hamlet

Shakespeare defined complex man with unerring accuracy in Hamlet. a stage higher on the evolutionary scale represented by H., the worried, anxious, driven, and unhappy man who can conduct his life only tragically

Hamlet is torn man, tragic man, suffering man, … the opposite of Don Quixote in nearly every respect … the most profound example in all of literature of the divided man (only **Dostoevsky’s characters come close). Most people today are Hamlets, caught in that dry place between Don Quixote, who was never at a loss for something bright and cheerful in life, and Faust, that man of higher consciousness, a state yet to come … the emptiness and loneliness of modern existential life. Hamlet is three-dimensional man: he has no roots in the instinctive world and his head is not yet in the heavens, where he can gain the nourishment of enlightenment. He is the forerunner of a new man whose characteristics will be the healing of the paradox of masculine and feminine, doing and being

Hamlet’s diagnosis of his malady. The terrible, unlivable lot of the three-dimensional man is to see the “fourness” of life — its wholeness - severed into two unequal parts, three and one. He has sight of the four, the wholeness, but has only three of its parts functioning. There is no peace in such a man. He knows too much to be simple, but not enough to be whole.

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