Essay On Foils In Hamlet

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Foils In Hamlet In fiction, a foil is a character whom contrasts with another character in the story, typically the protagonist. The foil is able to highlight certain aspects of their opposing character. A foil can differ dramatically or be extremely similar but tends to have key qualities that distinguish the two apart from each other. When an author uses a foil in literature they are emphasizing not only strengths and weaknesses the main character poses but also understanding the obvious as well as hidden aspects of their lives. In the Shakespeares tragedy, Hamlet, William Shakespeare's applies foils to explore morality and social ethics and how to answer the overall question of the tragedy, what it means to be a human and what happens after death. In WIlliam Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet, the nominal protagonist, Hamlet, is a progressive character that has constant unfolding traits that the audience learns about. Hamlet has a pattern of being indecisive with his thoughts and actions throughout the tragedy.The indecisiveness not only took over his relationships with others but also his mind. Hamlet is a man of soliloquies and through these soliloquies the audience was able to understand and hear what thoughts and actions were going through his crazy mind. Hamlet and Laeretes have the similarities of both being defined by their fathers and how the behave towards them, as well as how the public eye views them. That is not the only resemblance they have towards each other. Both men were sons whom had a deep connection with their fathers. Following the death of the king, Hamlet payed his respects by always dressing in all black. He believed it was a sign of respect for his father since his mother was givin... ... middle of paper ... ... love you once"(3-1-121). I loved you not"(3-1-124). Hamlet is expressing his feeling towards women. He believes that relationships are unnecessary just as marriage is. Ophelia, like Hamlet and Laertes, wanted revenge for her father's death however it was not as aggressive as Hamlet and Laertes. She did not believe in condemning one individual for her father's death. She would instead hand out flowers to all the public. Each flower she handed out was a symbolic reference relating to her father's death. “There's rosemary, that's for remembrance... And there is pansies, that's for thoughts. There's fennel for you, and columbines. There's rue for you; and here's some for me; we may call it herb of grace o' Sundays. You must wear your rue with a difference. There's a daisy. I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died.”
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