Minor Roles In Shakespeare's Hamlet As A Tragedy

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William Shakespeare is most noted for his work to end in tragedy. One of his most famous plays Hamlet is known for its great amount of tragedy. Hamlet’s character is portrayed as very somber due to the series of unfortunate events that have occurred in his life. Hamlet,the main character meets death and makes sure King Claudius whom is his uncle and Hamlet’s father 's murderer, receives the same fate as he. Although Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, Polonius, Osric and Laertes play minor roles in Hamlet all but Osric received the same fate as Hamlet. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is considered a tragedy not only because death came to all main and minor characters but also because of Hamlet’s own clouded thoughts, that result in his indecisive persona.…show more content…
The events that occurred throughout the play consisted of the deaths of Polonius, Ophelia, Laertes, Queen Gertrude, King Claudius and Hamlet. In act five scene 2, Fortinbras has arrived to only be pleasantly greeted by the scenery of life-less bodies. Fortinbras then questions Horatio as to what has happened in the very room, and Horatio answers “What is it you would see? If aught of woe or wonder, cease your search.”. In his quote Horatio asks Fortinbras what he would like to watch and if it was tragedy he wanted, he was in the correct place because that was exactly what was being showcased. Despite the death of most characters, the play is also considered a tragedy because a tragic hero is evident. Hamlet being the tragic hero, had many positive characteristics such as intelligence, bravery, and loyalty. Although he possessed many positive attributes his tragic flaw was his inability to act which led to his death. At first, when Hamlet…show more content…
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two characters that seem to work as one, for they seem of incapable of functioning without one another. Both characters show up to Denmark with orders from King Claudius to serve as paid informants on their said to be friend Hamlet. Hamlet being as intelligent as he is can see right through him and knows he cannot confide in them. That is showed as Hamlet quotes “Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops, you would pluck out the heart of my mystery, you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass; and there is much music, excellent voice, in this little organ, yet cannot you make it speak. 'Sblood, do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe? Call me what instrument you will, though you can fret me, yet you cannot play upon me.” In the quote, Hamlet compares himself to an instrument for he feels they think it is easy to play him but he makes it clear they are not skilled enough to fool him. Although Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are minor characters whom are friends with Hamlet, there are three characters who are not. One being Osric, a courtier in the Danish court whom had little to no importance, for his main purpose was to inform Hamlet of the duel the king
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