Hamlet Essay On Character Analysis

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William Shakespeare's “Hamlet” is one of the most tragic plays ever written. It is about a young prince trying to keep his word to his dead father by avenging his death. Hamlet procrastinates when avenging his father’s death, which is his tragic flaw. Hamlet appears to be a coward as well as depressed. He finds himself questioning his own ambitious motives such as revenge and hatred toward his murderous uncle. Hamlet tells Horatio, his friend that he is going to fake madness as he loses his determination. It is Hamlet’s hubris that makes me begin to believe he is mad. Hamlet does at one point have doubt concerning the honesty of the ghost. His various reasons for delay in seeking revenge is that he wants to make sure his uncle…show more content…

Hamlet clearly does not like Polonius by the way he is talking to him. “A little more than kin, and less than kind” (I,i,64-67). Hamlet says it all about the relationship between Hamlet and his uncle. Claudius calls Hamlet names like son and my cousin. Hamlet mumbles that Claudius is more than kin (more than a cousin because he is now a stepfather) and less than kind. Hamlet uses sarcasm to insult the ones that are betraying him, but also to express his feelings. For example, when Hamlet is having a conversation with Horatio. “The funeral baked meats but coldly furnish forth the marriage tables” (I,ii,180-181). Hamlet expresses his depression with the situation and his grudge toward his mother with a sarcastic statement that connects the funeral and the marriage. Hamlet does not like the idea of his mother and uncle getting together, especially since it is so soon after his father’s death.

Throughout the play, Hamlet claims to be feigning madness, but his portrayal of a madman is so convincing that it begins to make me believe that Hamlet is actually becoming insane at certain moments in the play. Polonius claims that Hamlet is mad in love with Ophelia. “… that I have found The very cause of Hamlet’s lunacy” (II,ii,51-52). Polonius shows the king and queen letters written by Hamlet to Ophelia. The letters talk about Hamlet’s love for Ophelia. The king agrees with Polonius to hide behind

William Shakespeare's Hamlet (1600-01), regarded by many scholars and critics as his finest play, is based on the story of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, which first appeared in the Historia Danica, a Latin text by the twelfth-century historian Saxo Grammaticus. The main protagonist, being Hamlet, the so-called "Dark Prince" of Shakespearean tragedy, is an extremely complex man with a great depth of personality who "suffers from insecurity and a sense of the absurd. . . and as a man and a revenger, shifts from an external struggle for vengeance to an internal one" (McConnell, Internet).

As a person, Hamlet experiences a wide range of emotions linked with specific events, such as being betrayed by his friends and family which causes him much grief and despair that eventually leads to a state of utter melancholy. As an emotional young man, Hamlet becomes greatly disillusioned by the incestuous marriage of his mother Gertrude to Claudius, the present king of Denmark, and grieves over his father's untimely death. He also views his own life with much disgust and disappointment and likens it to an "unweeded garden" full of pitfalls and weariness. Upon the realization that his father was murdered by...

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