The Mulder-Hamlet parallel

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Title: The Mulder-Hamlet parallel
Creator: LoneThinker
Date(s): late 1990s
Medium: online
Fandom: X-Files
External Links: The Cave's X-Files Commentary Archives: the Mulder-Hamlet parallel, Archived version
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The Mulder-Hamlet parallel is an essay by LoneThinker.

It is one of many essays at The Cave's X-Files Commentary Archives.


Like Hamlet, Mulder is a highly intelligent person. He may hold beliefs we would more commonly attribute to a crackpot, but remember his background: Oxford, golden boy in the Violent Crimes Unit, etc. Mulder has great analytical ability and makes the critical leaps that usually end up solving cases. Hamlet is considered a little wacky, too, by observers as the play progresses. What these two characters share most, I think, is intelligence and an overwhelming, driving need to understand. Hamlet feels the need to understand death, while Mulder is trying to comprehend and verify the existence of alien life. Both of them are willing and ready to dive into very dark, unfamiliar territory and wrestle with their own ignorance until it is vanquished, something most of us shy away from. This is precisely what makes them heroic; it is what draws us to them.