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hamlet as prototype of a modern man

A few moments before his death, Hamlet comes to an awareness of a consciousness beyond his neurotic split and indecision (that which is greater than himself, just as Don Quixote who saw the three-dimensional consciousness at the last moment of his life).

Hamlet is the man of nobility and partial consciousness who sees a vision of the meaning of life. He is wise enough to see, but not strong enough — or complete enough — to bring that vision into focus, not strong enough to accomplish. He is caught between vision and practicality and fails in both regards. In this he is the prototype of so many modern men who see a noble world in their imaginations but don’t have the means to accomplish it.

complex man in hamlet