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Hamlet:The Enigmatic Character

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Hamlet: one of the most analyzed tragic heroes in all of literature. Hamlet, the main character in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is conflicted throughout the whole play. He obsesses over avenging his father’s death, and this leads to rash, irresponsible actions that cause others to suffer, as well. He plans to kill Claudius, his uncle, for murdering his father and then marrying his mother. In an act of outrage, Hamlet unknowingly kills Polonius, the King’s assistant, instead. This creates even more problems because now someone else’s father is dead. Hamlet is somewhat of an inconsistent character; he’s different almost every time we see him. Hamlet displays characteristics of depression, irony, timidity, and being hurt. Hamlet shows serious signs of depression from the beginning of the play to the end. Right off the bat, we see him grieving over the death of his father. Through dialogue later on with his mother, it is evident that he thought very highly of his father and his leadership. As if his father’s death was not hard enough to cope with, his mother, Gertrude, marries her brother-in-law, Claudius, less than two months after her husband’s death. It doesn’t help that his Uncle Claudius, after becoming the new king, basically calls him a crybaby for mourning his father’s death: Tis sweet and commendable in your nature, Hamlet, to give these mourning duties to your father: but, you must know, your father lost a father, that father lost, lost his, and the survivor bound in filial obligation for some term to do obsequious sorrow: but to persever in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness, ‘tis unmanly grief; it shows a will most incorrect to heaven… (Meyer 1611) A typical mourning period during this time period ... ... middle of paper ... ...e is different. His death only exemplifies his role as the tragic hero. Hamlet shows signs of depression, irony, timidity, and being hurt. Works Cited Bloom, Harold. Hamlet. New York: Chelsea House, 1990. "Hamlet." Shakespearean Criticism. Ed. Michelle Lee. Vol. 92. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Apr. 2014. Lennard, John. William Shakespeare: Hamlet. Penrith: Humanities-Ebooks, 2007. Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare Online. N.p., 2014. Web. 2 April 2014. Meyer, Michael. The Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing. 10th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. 2013. Print. O'Neill, William. "Doing and Performing in Hamlet." The Midwest Quarterly 53.2 (2012): 121+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 8 Apr. 2014. Shmoop Editorial Team. “Hamlet in Hamlet.” Schmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 April 2014.

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  • Analyzes hamlet as one of the most analyzed tragic heroes in all of literature. he obsesses over avenging his father's death, and this leads to rash, irresponsible actions that cause others to suffer.
  • Analyzes how hamlet shows serious signs of depression from the beginning of the play to the end.
  • Opines that hamlet's mourning duties to his father are sweet and commendable, but persevering in obstinate condolement is a course of impious stubbornness.
  • Opines that hamlet had every right to mourn, and he thought it appropriate that his mother should mourn.
  • Analyzes how hamlet creates an ironic mess of things. he says and plans to do one thing but ends up doing the exact opposite.
  • Analyzes how hamlet has trouble killing his uncle, but he does not have trouble causing the death of his friends, guildenstern and rosencrantz.
  • Analyzes how hamlet shows signs of being scared and insecure through his actions and lack thereof. he spends a lot of time investigating and making sure that his uncle really committed the murder.
  • Analyzes how hamlet and ophelia have a rollercoaster relationship.
  • Opines that if a man says he loves you, it fits his wisdom so far to believe it. then weigh what loss your honour may sustain.
  • Narrates how she promised him she would be careful and listen to him. her father warns her.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's rudeness towards ophelia and gertrude’s marriage, and potential affair, had a big impact on him.
  • Analyzes how hamlet has been hurt by some of the people he loves most. he was upset when his father was murdered, and angry that his mother married his uncle.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's death exemplifies his role as the tragic hero, showing signs of depression, irony, timidity, and being hurt.
  • Explains that "hamlet." shakespearean criticism. ed. michelle lee. vol. 92. detroit: gale, 2005. literature resource center.
  • Explains meyer, michael, the bedford introduction to literature: reading, thinking, writing.
  • States that o'neill, william, "doing and performing in hamlet." the midwest quarterly 53.2 (2012): 121+.
  • Describes the shmoop editorial team's "hamlet in hamlet."
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