Hamlet is considered to be the first of Shakespeare’s great tragedies. As the title suggests, Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, is the protagonist. Hamlet is a very complex and dynamic character that scholars have been striving to understand for centuries. Unlike other characters faced with the possibility of violence, Hamlet experiences trepidation and moral qualms about avenging the murder of his father. “Hamlet is not classifiable because he is a specific person who is made up of many different impulses and moods. It's hardly surprising to find him veering between extremes of behavior, hesitating, demanding proof, looking for the most appropriate way to carry out his task.” (Feingold 46) As with other of Shakespeare’s works, Hamlet is written in a five-act structure. In the first act, the exposition, the ruinous state of Denmark is explained and the ghost of Hamlet father calls for vengeance. In the rising action in the second act, Hamlet endeavors to uncover the truth about the g...
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