Reading Classic and the Expansion of Habitual Domain
– take Hamlet as an example
Dramas always perform various thoughts of human life. Through interpretation of works, people can realize permanent struggles of humanity as well as the pursuit of faith. It goes that “Life is like a dram, as drama like life.” Dramas obtain materials from human life, especially those classical ones which have insight into the universality of humanity. Great dramatists have keen feeling and observation. They express their inherent spirit and their great living experiences through their works. Therefore, all great works have wide and deep perspicacity which is beyond general people’s habitual domain. This makes readers profoundly moved toward life, and expands the depth and width of readers’ life. Thus readers comprehend more about the situation of life and the secret of all things on earth, so they can break through the normal habitual domain. This essay takes Hamlet as an example, representing the abundance, depth and mysteries in Hamlet’s heart by analyzing his dilemmas and mental struggles. Still, this essay also analyzes the prince’s thoughts and behaviors through the aspect of habitual domain to interpret the reason why classic can be permanently new. Meeting with great classic, readers’ potential domain is expanded toward a situation which is wider, deeper and minuter, and at the same time they can break through their own old habitual domain. While people meet with great minds, they can approach the greatness of life and gradually advance themselves on ideal habitual domain.
Key words: Reading classic, Hamlet, Habitual Domain, Drama