The Villains of Hamlet

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In many stories there is a hero and a villain. There are also some stories where one person is both the hero and the villain. In the story of Hamlet there are multiple villains and no heroes. Everybody has a fault that leads to something tragic or dramatic during the story the main villain in this story is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

In Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark the main character Hamlet goes through a series of very unfortunate events throughout his life, and mostly negative things come out of them. During the beginning of the play we find out that Hamlet loses his father the King of Denmark. This causes a great depression to Hamlet. Soon after Hamlet becomes even more upset due to the fact that he finds out that his uncle Claudius will be marrying his mother Gertrude and be the new King of Denmark. This causes Hamlet to go crazy, insane, and mad. Over the course of the play Hamlets madness continues to build due to everything that happens between the beginning and the end. At the end Hamlet has gone completely and incredibly mad. This madness ends up breaking out of him and spread throughout the ending scene of the play.

The main reason for Hamlets madness is due to his father passing away and him having to deal with his uncle Claudius. He soon finds out that his uncle will be marrying his mother. These events only get him upset, sad, and gloomy. Later in the story one of his friends and the guards of Elsinore confront a mysterious creature wandering the castle. Hamlet ends up discovering that this creature is a ghost, and not just a ghost but the spirit tells Hamlet “I am thy father’s spirit” (I.V.9). When Hamlet first sees the ghost he is amazed and startled he can’t believe it. The ghost then speaks to Hamlet. The next thing Hamlet hears is the one thing that will change his life and his view of things, and his view of life. This is the one thing that just drives him insane. The ghost explains that Hamlets uncle was the reason that he had died. When the ghost explains this to Hamlet the ghost tells Hamlet to take revenge for the murder “Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder” (I.V.25). Hamlet then takes his word and sets off to destroy his uncle for what he has done to his father.
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