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Exploring the Depths of Hamlet's Character - Introduction Hamlet’s madness, authentic. This question has been debated by scholars and professors throughout the ages. This lecture will explore the depths of Prince Hamlet’s character in Shakespeare’s original play, as well as Michael Almereyda’s modern interpretation of this tragedy. / Through the use of cinematic tools and critical literacy, the Bard and Almereyda both equally portray the theme of madness, in their respective media. Shakespeare and Almereyda carefully constructed their representations of the Prince based on the surrounding cultural and religious attitudes, values and beliefs of the eras they lived in....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 1194 words
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Hamlet: A Sane Character - The story Hamlet was composed by the playwright William Shakespeare, and is regarded as a timeless piece in both literature and theatre. Now, over four hundred years after Hamlet was written, society still continues to analyze its complex characterization (Reiss 769). In a Psychiatric Times article, twentieth century physician Alan Stone says, “Even today in our era of cultural diversity, Shakespeare remains the greatest figure of world literature, performed on every continent, surviving translation” (Allan 20)....   [tags: Hamlet Essays]
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Hamlet Character Analysis - 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....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare]
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Hamlet - the Character of Ophelia - Hamlet - the Character of Ophelia        Ophelia is in love with Hamlet, but like so many women, she is at the beck and call of her family first and foremost. Ophelia is not unintelligent, she is simply weak-willed. She doesn't know what she wants, so she lets other people decide for her, namely her father and brother. Hamlet's love letters are at odds with her father's wishes, and, because she is not able to form individual thoughts and opinions, she becomes confused as to what she really wants....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet – the Character Laertes - Hamlet – the Character Laertes         In the Bard of Avon’s famous tragedy Hamlet the character of Laertes is less clearly presented than others. He is the chamberlain’s son, and yet he commands popular respect and support for a bid for the kingship. How does one piece together all the evidence in his life.   In “The World of Hamlet” Maynard Mack describes the interference of a possessive Polonius in the life of his son, Laertes:   “The apparel of proclaims the man,” Polonius assures Laertes, cataloging maxims in the young man’s ear as he is about to leave for Paris....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet Essays]
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The Duality of Hamlet’s Character Portrayed in Shakespeare's Hamlet - One of the first images that are created to further Shakespeare’s investigation of humanity is created by Hamlet in his first soliloquy. This simple comparison brings to life the feeling that the treachery and corruption surrounding him is enveloping all that he is familiar with. No longer is he able to see the metaphorical flowers of joy and prosperity that were once so familiar and comforting to him as they are becoming increasingly obscured by the rampant weeds of vile corruption. Hamlet furthers his emotional outpouring when he wishes that his “flesh would melt, Thaw and resolve itself into a dew.” He clearly wishes not to deal with the corruption that has grown thick around him....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Analysis] 595 words
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The Analysis of the Character Ophelia on Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia is the most static character in the play. Instead of changing through the course of the play, she remains suffering in the misfortunes perpetrated upon her. She falls into insanity and dies a tragic death. Ophelia has issues surviving without a male influence, and her downfall is when all the men in her life abandon her. Hamlet’s Ophelia, is a tragic, insane character that cannot exist on her own. In Elizabethan times, Ophelia is restricted as a woman. She is obedient to the commands of the men in her life although she often attempts to do the right thing....   [tags: hamlet, william shakespeare, elizabethan times]
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"To Be or not To Be:" Hamlet and His Suicidal Tendencies - Thesis: Although most people believe that Hamlet is suicidal at his point in the play, it is not until this soliloquy where the audience actually learns of Hamlet’s ability to judge based on his emotion and logic. Hamlet’s ability to endure suffering allows him to realize how valuable and precious his life truly is. Anti-thesis: To live or not to live, a simple statement, yet full of meaning. It is in this statement where Hamlet proves to the audience that he is truly suicidal. William Shakespeare intended for Hamlet to be a tragic play of a hero: Hamlet....   [tags: Hamlet, Character Analysis, Shakespeare] 1106 words
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Analysis of Ophelia's Character in Shakespeare's Hamlet - In the English play Hamlet, Shakespeare incorporates deep analytical thought in his writing by the use of character, symbolism, and motifs. Specifically, readers can find these characteristics through analytical reading of the character Ophelia. While initially reading the story, Ophelia represents a character that is typical of the women in the 1600s, one who is too submissive and directed by the people around her. First impressions of Ophelia's character seem much too simplistic- one that is emotionally governed and trivial, in a sense....   [tags: Hamlet, Shakespeare] 1169 words
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The Character of Hamlet - The Character of Hamlet        This essay will delve into the character of the hero of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet as it develops through the drama, and will analyze the more important features.   Louis B. Wright and Virginia A. LaMar in “Hamlet: A Man Who Thinks Before He Acts” explain the popularity of the protagonist:   Much of the delight of modern readers, of course, comes from the study of the characters of the principal figures in the play, for Shakespeare has presented them in three-dimensional vividness....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet Hamlet is a man of many discoveries. The tragic hero in Shakespeare's Hamlet undergoes many changes throughout the play. His mindset is set deep and far away from the physical world that both helps him and hinders him in his plight for revenge against his uncle, Claudius, and his mother. When Hamlet is first introduced in Act I, Scene II, the reader is shown the depths of his sorrow. The King asks Hamlet "How is it that the clouds still hang on you" and the Queen tells him to "Cast thy nighted color off." By these comments one can envision Hamlet as someone who appears and radiates out his sorrow over his father's death....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Character Analysis of Hamlet - ... How hamlet responded had a lot to do with the actions done by others and himself. A person’s environment greatly affects how they handle oneself and situations around them. Due to Hamlet’s extremely ludicrous environment and unusual circumstances, he is just that much more of a complicated and elaborate character (Bristol). Another major thing that contributed to Hamlet’s complexity was his utter hatred towards Claudius. From the get go Hamlet never liked him. He felt Claudius was immoral and almost worthless....   [tags: William Shakespeare, literary analysis, character]
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Hamlet: The Dionysian Character - Hamlet: The Dionysian Character        Hamlet, from Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, is the embodiment of the Dionysian man. Time and time again, Hamlet displays the traits of Frederick Nietzche's Dionysian individual: Hamlet's inability to think rationally, his illusion between his emotional reality and true reality, his rejection of pleasurable human desires, his impotent personality prevents action, and his realization that if justice is brought to his uncle, that will not change what has already happened (The Birth of Tragedy, section 7) (Dictionary.com, "dionysian")....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Analysis of Prince Hamlet's Character in William Shakespeare's Play - Analysis of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play Shakespeare's Hamlet is at the outset a typical revenge play. However, it is possible to see Prince Hamlet as a more complex character as he can be seen as various combinations of a weak revenger, a tragic hero and a political misfit. In order to fully understand the world in which Hamlet finds himself, it is necessary to examine all three of these roles and either dismiss them or justify Hamlet's behavior as a revenger. As a tragic hero, Hamlet displays many typical qualities of a traditional hero in a Elizabethan revenge tragedy....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Hamlet] 1577 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Gertrude - Hamlet – the Character of Gertrude       Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, presents ten male characters for every one female character. The only prominent female characters are two: Ophelia, Laertes’ sister and Polonius’ daughter; and Gertrude, the queen and wife of Claudius and mother of Hamlet. This essay will explore the character, role, and importance of Gertrude.   Prince Hamlet initially appears in the play dressed in solemn black. His mother, Gertrude, is apparently disturbed by this and requests of him:        Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,      And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia - Hamlet: The Character of Ophelia           Concerning the Ophelia of Shakespeare’s tragic drama Hamlet, is she an innocent type or not. Is she a victim or not. This essay will explore these and other questions related to this character.   Rebecca West in “A Court and World Infected by the Disease of Corruption” viciously, and perhaps unfoundedly, attacks the virginity of Ophelia:   There is no more bizarre aspect of the misreading of Hamlet’s character than the assumption that his relations with Ophelia were innocent and that Ophelia was a correct and timid virgin of exquisite sensibilities....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Inconsistency in The Character of Hamlet - Inconsistency in The Character of Hamlet The perfection of Hamlet’s character has been called in question - perhaps by those who do not understand it. The character of Hamlet stands by itself. It is not a character marked by strength of will or even of passion, but by refinement of thought and sentiment. Hamlet is as little of the hero as a man can be.  He is a young and princely novice, full of high enthusiasm and quick sensibility - the sport of circumstances, questioning with fortune and refining on his own feelings, and forced from his natural disposition by the strangeness of his situation....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet] 1079 words
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Shakespeare's Hamlet – The Character Laertes - Hamlet – the Character Laertes       In “The World of Hamlet” Maynard Mack describes the interference of a possessive Polonius in the life of his son, Laertes:   “The apparel of proclaims the man,” Polonius assures Laertes, cataloging maxims in the young man’s ear as he is about to leave for Paris. Oft, but not always. And so he sends his man Reynaldo to look into Laertes’ life there – even, if need be, to put a false dress of accusation upon his son (“What forgeries you please”), the better by indirections to find directions out (250)....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Hamlet: The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet: The Character of Claudius         Of all the characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet, perhaps the role of Claudius is the most intriguing and crucial. Claudius is the most controversial, the most mysterious and the most talked about character in this play. Many people look at Claudius and only see a villain, but there are additional sides to him that are often overlooked: Claudius the father, the husband, the ruler and the mortal individual. In this play the characters are not super-human beings....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet         It is tempting to condemn Gertrude as evil, but it is probably more sensible to consider her as weak and inconstant. Hamlet's heartfelt line "Frailty, thy name is woman" sums up his view of her actions early in the play. Like many of Shakespeare's women characters, she is "sketched in" rather than drawn in detail. We know that she has a deep affection for her son, which is commented on by Claudius in Act 4 "The Queen, his mother, lives almost by his looks." and we may assume that she has not gone to Claudius's bed unwillingly, although there is a lack of evidence that she returns the King's obsession with her....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet] 534 words
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The Complex Character of Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Complex Character of Shakespeare's Hamlet Upon examining Shakespeare's characters in this play, Hamlet proves to be a very complex character, and functions as the key element to the development of the play. Throughout the play we see the many different aspects of Hamlet's personality by observing his actions and responses to certain situations. Hamlet takes on the role of a strong character, but through his internal weaknesses we witness his destruction. In the opening of the play, Hamlet is confronted by the ghost of his father and told to revenge his "foul and most unnatural murder"....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] 399 words
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Essay on the Character of Ophelia in Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia in Hamlet      Ophelia is a beautiful and simple-minded woman, easily molded by the more powerful opinions and desires of others. The thoughts of her father and her brother influenced her the most. The love letters from Hamlet also swayed her opinions and confused her mind. Ophelia wasn't able to realize herself because of all the pressures exerted on her to be something she's not. That weakness of mind and will, which permitted her obedience to her father and thus destroyed her hope for Hamlet's love, finally resulted in her insanity and death....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet Character Analysis - Hamlet is one of the most iconic plays that has been studied in depth for over 400 years. With themes of tragedy, love, revenge, family and many more, the play causes a reader to ask questions that can be only answered by Shakespeare. One of these questions is whether Hamlet is truly sane or not throughout the play. Hamlets acting as a different personality over a lengthy period of time eventually leads to his unstable state of mind. Through the progress of the play, his decision-making skills are terribly affected resulting is consequences on himself and others, proving that he is a mad man....   [tags: literary analysis, Shakespeare]
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Hamlet:The Enigmatic Character - ... Honestly, they were not the brightest guys, and we never see them function without the other. They always appear together. After Hamlet kills Polonius, the king asks Guildenstern and Rosencrantz to take Hamlet away to England. “I like him not, nor stands it safe with us to let his madness range. Therefore prepare you; I your commission will forthwith dispatch, and he to England…” (Meyer 1657). Claudius does not think having Hamlet around is “safe.” After a pirate attack on the ship, Hamlet finds the letter that the king sent containing his death sentence....   [tags: Shakespeare plays]
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Opehlia: Critical Character in Hamlet - Ophelia: Critical Character in Hamlet The character of Ophelia plays many important roles in the play of Hamlet. Although many critics believe that she has only a minor function in the entirety of the story, there are equally as many who disagree. While it is true that the story could be told without her, Ophelia contributes significantly to the storyline of the play. Ophelia’s most obvious role is as Hamlet’s love interest. She plays one of the few living characters in the play that Hamlet cares for and that cares for him in return....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 691 words
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The Character Horatio in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character Horatio in Shakespeare's Hamlet In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the confidant Horatio is created to serve a number of different purposes. Horatio is a flat character. He is a loyal, obedient, and trustworthy companion to Hamlet. His character does not undergo any significant transformation throughout the play, except that he serves as a witness of the death of Hamlet, Claudius, and Gertrude. Horatio's role in the play seems to be as a utilitarian character that Shakespeare created in order to heighten the suspense of the play....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]
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The Character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Ophelia in Hamlet      In Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, the character Ophelia plays an important role in the elaboration of the plot.  In the beginning, she is in a healthy state of mind, in love with Hamlet, yet controlled by her father.  During the play she has several troubling experiences involving Hamlet - causing her to become distressed.  The death of Ophelia's father leaves her mentally unstable and in a state of madness that eventually leads to her own death.             Ophelia and Hamlet's love for each other begins as a very real experience....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet The Gertrude in Shakespeare’s tragic drama Hamlet is controversial in the sense that some critics uphold her morality and some deny it. Let’s consider this question and others related to this character. Gertrude has many good qualities in the play; she is not evil through and through. Rebecca Smith in “Scheming Adulteress or Loving Mother” presents an image of the queen in Shakespeare’s Hamlet that is perhaps not consistent with that presented by the ghost: Although she may have been partially responsible for Claudius’ monstrous act of fratricide and although her marriage to Claudius may have been indirectly responsible for makin...   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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The Character of Laertes in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Laertes in Hamlet Though seeming to simply be a minor character, Laertes is of great importance in the play, Hamlet, and much more than one would initially believe, due to his extensive inner conflict. He is good, loyal, and honorable, seeming to possess the greatest virtue of all the characters, yet he still is doomed to die along with the other characters, precisely because of his great virtue.     As Scene Two begins, in the first lines which Laertes speaks in the play, he requests that King Claudius allow him to return to his duties in France....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Hamlet: Character Analysis - Over the centuries many people have complained that William Shakespeare did an inadequate job of steering the readers of Hamlet to a specific interpretation of each character. Each reader is left to decide the true extent of Hamlet’s evil and insane ways or to realize that he clearly is a victim of circumstances beyond his control, therefore declaring him innocent. Because of William Shakespeare’s writing style, the reader receives little help in discovering who is truly innocent and who is as guilty as Claudius....   [tags: essays research papers] 934 words
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Hamlet's Character Flaws in William Shakespeare's Hamlet - Hamlet's Character Flaws in William Shakespeare's Hamlet In every play or book that a person reads the characters are never perfect. They always have a flaw that causes a problem or conflict within the storyline. This is true for Hamlet's character in William Shakespeare's Hamlet. In several of Hamlet's speeches he discloses many flaws in his character to the readers throughout the play. These are aspects that have thus far only been able to be seen as fragments in other speeches. One of Hamlet's most renowned traits is his over-analysis of conversational topics and situations in which action must be taken....   [tags: Papers] 454 words
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The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet -   The character of Gertrude in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, is not a woman for emulation by others. She is too human, and not very intelligent. Let’s consider her in this essay.   Mary Bradford-Whiting, in her article “Mothers in Shakespeare” compares the mother of Juliet to the mother of Hamlet:   Juliet has a mother, to whose heart of stone she appeals in vain:   . . . O, sweet my mother, cast me not away. [Romeo and Juliet, III.v.198]   Hamlet has a mother, each remembrance of whom is a pang to his distressed mind, and of whose conduct he can only say:   Let me not think on’t....   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet]
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Custom Term Papers: Hamlet – is Polonius a Main Character? - Hamlet – is Polonius a Main Character.       That Polonius, father of Laertes and Ophelia in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is a character of considerable importance is accepted as true by most literary critics. This essay will develop the notion of his vital importance to the drama.   Ruth Nevo in her essay, “Acts III and IV: Problems of Text and Staging,” states the importance of Polonius to the hero’s evolution in the play on the occasion of Ophelia’s decoying the hero for the sake of observation by Claudius and Polonius:   But it should be noted that we actually need no further explanation for Hamlet’s sudden “Where’s your father?” than the fact that he has not recently been permitte...   [tags: The Tragedy of Hamlet]
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The Character of Gertrude in Shakespeare’s Hamlet -    Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, presents ten male characters for every one female character. The only prominent female characters are two: Ophelia, Laertes’ sister and Polonius’ daughter; and Gertrude, the queen and wife of Claudius and mother of Hamlet. This essay will explore the character, role, and importance of Gertrude.   Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, is apparently disturbed by her son’s appearance in solemn black at the gathering of the court, and she requests of him:        Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off,      And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Character of Hamlet - Character of Hamlet "Wer gar zu viel bedenkt wird wenig leisten" -Schiller " He who reflects too much will accomplish little" It is impossible to attain completeness in the assessment of any one's character and more so in the case of Hamlet's, for its note are complex and mysterious. But on rigorous study, Hamlet's character can be described though partly but adequately by the above quote. 'Hamlet' is the most famous, the most popular play in the English language. But to quote T.S.Eliot -"So far from being Shakespeare's masterpiece, the play is most certainly an artistic failure…....   [tags: Papers] 2024 words
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Lethal Procrastination: Hamlet - A question that stumps great minds that are not alike is one that is still a discussion for debate even four hundred years after it arrival. Why does Hamlet delay. Not only did it make a suspenseful and dramatic play that captures the attention of an audience but it also gives away to what kind of character William Shakespeare wants to create for his young tragic hero, Prince Hamlet. This Hamlet is a man who suffers from his own words that “the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,” (III, I, 85-86)....   [tags: character analysis, hamlet, shakespeare]
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The Changing Character Hamlet in Act II and Act IV of Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Changing Character Hamlet in Act II and Act IV of Shakespeare's Hamlet In Shakespeare's Hamlet, although the character Hamlet makes similar points about himself in the soliloquies of Act II and Act IV, he seems to be less self-blaming and more in control of his emotions in the Act IV soliloquy. In the Act IV soliloquy, Hamlet is less self-blaming and more in control of his emotions. In Act II Hamlet blames himself for the delay in his revenge, "O, what a rouge and peasant slave am I!" (2:2:519)....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays] 673 words
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Custom Essay: Shakespeare's Hamlet and the Character of Gertrude - Hamlet and the Character of Gertrude       Bryan N. S. Gooch in "Review of The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare," presents as a victim Gertrude’s closest woman friend in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:   Harry Keyishian rightly recognizes that distinction between various manifestations of revenge is crucial in coming to terms not only with many of Shakespeare’s characters -- and some were notable and clearly nasty avengers of perceived yet unsubstantiated wrong -- but also with his social and moral milieu....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Importance of Fortinbras - In many plays there is a central character who believes that something is rightfully theirs. In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the character Fortinbras, Prince of Norway, is portrayed as this central character hoping to reclaim the land Denmark that his father lost in battle to Hamlet Sr. Fortinbras is also characterized as Hamlet’s enemy and throughout the play he tries to gain advantage over Hamlet. In Franco Zeffirelli’s movie version of Hamlet, Fortinbras is not present in the movie at all....   [tags: Shakespeare's Hamlet, character analysis]
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The Internal State of the Character Hamlet - The Internal State of Hamlet    Abstract: This essay uses psychoanalytic, new historicism, and deconstructive methods of criticism to expore the scene in which Hamlet stands before Claudius and Gertrude after he has killed Polonius. The oblective is to provide a better understanding of how Shakespeare uses the events in the play as a means of shaping or changing Hamlet's actions or emotions Hamlet is a character with emotions that are so complex and intriguing that we, as readers or viewers, are drawn into this story until Hamlet's situations, actions, and feelings become things we can understand, and relate to, as if his emotions were as human as our own.  This genuineness Hamlet holds...   [tags: William Shakespeare]
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Ophelia's Road to Madness - Ophelia’s Road to Madness Ophelia comes off as a powerful image in the feminist imagination. The start of Ophelia’s madness is contributed through examination of her relationships, and soon adding up the the loss of her loved ones, her father Polonius, her brother, Laertes, and her lover Hamlet. Ophelia intrigued me as a character, while reading Hamlet I was thinking to myself, was what happened to Ophelia too much for her to handle, or was she this unstable person all along and never really had anything happen to her to help trigger her madness until now....   [tags: Shakespeare's Hamlet, character analysis]
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Character Analysis in Shakespeare´s Hamlet - ... Throughout the Hamlet, Hamlet’s goal is to kill Claudius, satisfying his fathers ghost’s wishes as well as his own. However, Hamlet does not get the job done right away, he goes about harassing his mother, his friends, and even traveling playgroups before he finally get’s up the courage to do it. Even then, Hamlet only ends up killing his uncle because he himself is dying. Who knows if Hamlet would even have killed Claudius if not for Claudius acting first, to try to kill Hamlet. At times Hamlet is brave, as evidenced when he stabs through Gertrude’s curtains to kill the spy whom he assumes is Claudius, only to find out it is Polonius....   [tags: comtemplative, sexual, deviarcy, enigma] 852 words
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Character Analysis of Claudius from the Play Hamlet by Shakespeare - Character Analysis of Claudius from the Play Hamlet by Shakespeare In the play, "Hamlet", Shakespeare needed to devize an evil character, a villain that is ambitious, and has the ability to scheme to get what he wants. The character would also have to contain some good qualities, such as kindness and contriteness. These good qualities make the character seem more human and thus, more believable. Claudius is this character. Shakespeare uses Claudius in his revenge theme in this play. Without the acts of Claudius, this theme just would not be....   [tags: Hamlet William Shakespeare Plays Essays] 1251 words
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The Character of Laertes in Hamlet - The Character of Laertes in Hamlet In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, the character of Laertes is introduced as the son of Polonius.  Laertes is immediately established as a favorite with the King. Clouds refers to the young man five times by name and immediately grants him permission to return to his studies in Paris, if he has his father's permission. Thus we are prepared for their later treacherous alliance. In this scene too Laertes' relationship with his father is visually established by both appearing on stage together, although they do not address each other....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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A Character Analysis of Hamlet - Hamlet fascinates many readers and the first thing to point out about him is that he is mysterious. Shakespeare's work demonstrates Hamlet's dilemma as the role of revenger showing a man of thought forced to be a man of action. Hamlet is extremely philosophical and introspective. He is particularly drawn to difficult questions or questions that cannot be answered with any certainty. Faced with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, Hamlet becomes obsessed with proving his uncle's guilt before trying to act....   [tags: European Literature] 1898 words
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Shakespeare's Use of Soliloquy To See Character's Thoughts in "Hamlet" - William Shakespeare uses the literary technique of the soliloquy to allow the audience to see deeper into his characters’ thoughts in his play, Hamlet. This technique helps to reveal Hamlet’s true character, expressing emotions that the audience cannot see through his interactions with other characters. Through Hamlet’s soliloquies, one may notice that his reluctance to take actions that involve death can be attributed to his fear of the unknown and his uncertainty in regards to afterlife. Even though Hamlet seems ardent in his intentions of avenging his father’s death during his encounter with the Ghost, by the second act, Hamlet begins to doubt that the ghost was actually his father....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 923 words
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The Character of Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Free Hamlet Essays - The Character of Polonius       Polonius is the chief counsellor to Claudius, and although there is no evidence , it is possible that he had held a position at court under Hamlet's father, the old King. He is certainly trusted and held in high regard by Claudius, who tells Laertes that his father is extremely important to Denmark: "The head is not more native to the heart The hand more instrumental to the mouth Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father." It is tempting to dismiss Polonius as a fool and, as Hamlet calls him a "prating knave", because of his pomposity and his tedious pedantry, but to do so would be unwise....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 391 words
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The Character of Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Gunnar Boklund in “Hamlet” performs a partial-analysis on the character of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet: The only character who is presented almost entirely as a victim is Ophelia, a victim of the King’s fear and curiosity, her father’s servility and fundamental indifference to her, Hamlet’s misunderstanding of the situation and brutal treatment of her, and finally his fatal thrust through the arras in the closet scene. Her madness is, as I see it, a purely pathetic element in the play....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play - The Character of Hamlet in William Shakespeare's Play Some critics have stated that the appeal of Hamlet to the audience is his many human weaknesses, the most notable being his indecision. His deliberations and procrastinations are particularly high-lighted when he is faced with the task of revenge. The law and Christianity, around the early seventeenth century, were clear in condemning personal revenge as an attempt by man to arrogate the prerogatives of God. Hamlet’s contradicting feelings toward avenging his father and avoiding breaking the law and going against Christianity were most likely felt by the Elizabethan audience also, which would have been made up...   [tags: Papers] 1612 words
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet     Although he has committed several grave crimes, not least of which is the murder of his own brother, it must also be remembered that Claudius is a competent statesman and an accepted King. "The people of Denmark are not in rebellion against him, nor is the court" (Freeman 73). Indeed the court has "freely gone with this affair along" and supported both his accession and his marriage to Gertrude. He also averts an invasion by Young Fortinbras by clever statesmanship and diplomatic intervention through Fortinbras's uncle, the King of Norway and we also see that he is skilled in manipulating his courtiers, amongst whom the only dissenting voice is that...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Character of Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character of Claudius in Hamlet It is easy to overlook some of Claudius' villainy. He may not rant and rave, nor pluck out eyes on stage or hands, or tongues, nor does he conspire with crafty rationality like Edmund or Iago in Othello, nor bake little children in a pie. But as the murderer, usurper, and incestuous step-father, Claudius is one of Shakespeare's greatest villains. His distinguishing features are hypocrisy and subterfuge. He is clever in a worldly sense, a flattering strategist, good at manipulating his courtiers, at double-speak....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 564 words
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The Character Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Character Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet Ophelia is the daughter of Polonius, the right hand man of the King. Although she is only in five scenes Ophelia plays an interesting role in this play as the seemingly passive, melancholy, innocent 'little girl' whose story ends in tragedy. From the beginning Ophelia is an obedient character who has real trouble thinking for herself. This could be seen as one of the reasons for her eventual downfall, due to her inability to analyse a strange, complicated pattern of events....   [tags: Papers] 1323 words
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A Comparison of the Character of Brutus in Julius Caesar and Hamlet in Hamlet - The Characters of  Brutus and Hamlet in Hamlet and Julius Caesar           Written one year apart from the other, one cannot fail to recognize the parallels between William Shakespeare's tragedies Julius Caesar and Hamlet. To begin, they are both stories of assassinations gone horribly wrong. Although the details of the plays are different, the two assassins (Brutus and Hamlet) provide interesting comparison. Through these two killers, Shakespeare reveals the different levels of justice; one’s personal sense of justice; others’ perception of justice; the justice of the monarchy that supports Shakespeare’s craft....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Perfect Friend; A Character Review of Horatio - ... (Harmer 35) Horatio's trustworthiness and sense of honesty are often acknowledged by Hamlet himself. His monologue reveals how much he values Horatio's character traits as stated; "…blest are those/ Whose blood and judgment are so well commeddled/ That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger…" (3.2.73-75). Hamlet’s trust in Horatio builds not only his self-esteem through the wits and manly traits Hamlet seeks to be, but to become the man Horatio is. In the essence of trust and honestly, Hamlet’s right hand man and the King’s Chief of Security profoundly acquired equal characteristics both leaders strive for....   [tags: Shakespeare's Hamlet]
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The Comedy of Hamlet - How does the use of comic relief best contrast the tragedy of Hamlet. In great works of literature a comic relief is used as contrast to a serious scene to intensify the overall tragic nature of the play or to relieve tension. As illustrated in Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet, intense scenes are joined with character’s banter and vacuous actions as to add a comic relief. In Hamlet, Polonius acts as a comic relief by his dull and windy personality, Hamlet uses his intelligence and his negativity toward the king and queen to create humor, while on the other hand Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are a comic relief by their senseless actions and naïve natures....   [tags: Character Analysis, Polonius,Gertrude, Claudius] 1182 words
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The Complex Emotions of Hamlet - In “The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark,” by the legendary playwright William Shakespeare, the titular character possesses numerous personality traits. Some of his qualities are admirable, others are inexcusable, and others still are understandable. Hamlet is a complex man; thus, throughout the story he experiences and expresses several emotions and opinions. Throughout the play, Hamlet remains in a depressive state (Cavus, par. 2). It would appear the cause of his broken emotional state is his father’s recent death and his mother’s marriage to his uncle, Claudius....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Hamlet and Gertrude's Relationship - Hamlet by William Shakespeare focuses on the title character plotting vengeance against Claudius for his father's murder to capture the Danish crown. The new king is also Hamlet's uncle and now stepdad due to the marriage with his mother, Gertrude. Through a sequence of events, the protagonist eventually avenges his father, although both his mother and himself fall to a tragic fate as well. Throughout the course of the play, the relationship between Hamlet and Gertrude changes from strained to a disrespectful and mistrustful to a bittersweet ending....   [tags: Character Analysis ] 822 words
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Hamlet, by William Shakespeare - Frequently, tragic heroes and other characters are thought of as being analogues due to their mutual goal and parallels. However, one must question the negligible differences in the characters’ traits that differentiate them as a whole. William Shakespeare employs characters like these in many of his plays, in order to contrast characters with the protagonist. In turn, this enables a greater insight into the main character. As the play Hamlet progresses, Hamlet the protagonist, encounters his foils Laertes and Fortinbras, whom share his goal of revenge....   [tags: Character Comparison] 1362 words
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Hamlet's Change in Philosophy - Hamlet is an intensely cerebral character marked by a desire to think things through and pick situations apart. As such, for the first three and a half scenes of Hamlet, Hamlet broods over his father’s death instead of taking action against Claudius, his father’s murderer. Hamlet finally acts because he experiences three intense emotional jolts that allow him to view his situation from a new perspective and spur him to action. Together, these emotional experiences alter his personal philosophy about the nature of death and God’s relationship with creation, and compel him to finally take decisive action....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1338 words
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Analysis of Hamlet - In William Shakespeare’s epic revenge tragedy, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, the titular character Hamlet is plagued by indecision and delay, which ultimately causes his own downfall. After the opening Act, in which Hamlet is charged with the revenging the murder of his father, the late King Hamlet, Hamlet delays in carrying out the deed against his uncle, Claudius, who assumed the throne after committing regicide. Critics over the years have developed six distinct theories that seek to explain the reason behind Hamlet’s delay: He is believed to have been the victim of circumstances beyond his control; Hamlet’s philosophical nature creates a passive negative personality complex....   [tags: Character Behavior, Psychology] 2008 words
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The Hamlet Project - Gertrude - In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Gertrude is Hamlet’s mother and Queen of Denmark. Hamlet and Queen Gertrude have a rocky relationship throughout the story., since he resents her for marrying her husband’s brother Claudius after he murdered the King (young Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet). Gertrude reveals no guilt in her marriage with Claudius. The immediacy of her second marriage suggest that there may be some question as to whether or not she was involved in the murder. Her actions are often suspect, particularly because, according to Hamlet, she scarcely mourned her husband’s death before marrying Claudius....   [tags: character analysis, shakespeare] 1966 words
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Vacillation and Determination of Hamlet - ... This indecisiveness is a crucial part of Hamlet’s character for most of the play, but he eventually undergoes a transformation in his attitude at the end of play when he begins to exhibit an intention of immediate revenge on Claudius. Religion codes conflict with ambitions and instinctual feelings in Hamlet, calling into question which paths of action are truly righteous. In Hamlet's case, such conundrums are enervating and causing a fatal lack of action. The distortion of Hamlet's Christian values has a drastic impact on his plot to avenge his father's death....   [tags: Shakespeare character analysis] 662 words
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