Hamlet Character Analysis: The 1st Two Acts
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This paper analyzes the character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's play of the same name and relates that Hamlet's character is complex and is multi-faceted and that he has many good and bad characteristics. In a case of the latter, he can be seen as a spiteful and vindictive person by the way he treats Polonius, who, despite at times being portrayed as a fool, is an important member of the Court. The paper contends that this treatment of Polonius is entirely justifiable as Polonius has wronged Hamlet by not allowing Ophelia to see Hamlet; this is Hamlet's 'revenge' on Polonius. The paper also looks at how Hamlet is shown to be a rational character and that his actions are planned out - his 'antic disposition' for example. In conclusion the author of the paper is sympathetic towards Hamlet at this junction in the play since he has been wronged and treated appallingly by those closest to him such as Gertrude and Ophelia.
From the Paper:"When Hamlet addresses his mother we can see that he is kind and loyal towards her as when Claudius asks Hamlet to remain in Elsinore, Gertrude reiterates this and Hamlet replies "I shall in all my best obey you madam." (I. ii. 120). It is interesting to note Shakespeare's use of the modal verb "shall" in this line as this implies necessity and is said to express future time; so, on the face of it, the audience can infer that Hamlet is a loyal and loving character. Despite this statement Hamlet then proceeds to criticise his mother only a few moments later when he says "frailty, thy name is woman" (I. ii. 146) which shows the audience that Hamlet is a complex character who displays many contrasting emotions. This also shows how loyal Hamlet still is to his recently deceased father."
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