"Man Delights Not Me": Hierarchy and Homosocial Tension in Hamlet

Adam Vera
2013 The Eagle Feather  
The Tragedy of Hamlet argues that homosocial relationships are not true friendships and can help support corrupt institutions Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who embody homosocial relationships in the play, serve as a counterpoint to the true Neo-Platonic friendship represented by Horatio. Because they favor passion over reason, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are unable to become individuals. They are instead a gross parody of Neo-Platonic friendship, so close to each other they have lost all
more » ... duality. Their relationship is not an expression of their virtue as Hamlet and Horatio's is. Hamlet and Horatio remain individuals, opposed to the corrupt Danish Court while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern choose to become the faceless tools of patriarchy. By rejecting Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet rejects the passions that dominate his relationship with them. "Man Delights Me Not" 4
doi:10.12794/tef.2013.258 fatcat:mm5hfoiysffrxfnvrgsaba257m