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Entrapment - In William Shakespeares play, Hamlet, show the development of a character that is trapped by serious predicaments.

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Angelina Baker September 23, 2007 William Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, show the development of a character that is "trapped" by serious predicaments. Hamlet, the son of the late King Hamlet, is trapped by the grief of his father's death. He is perplexed as to how to accept the ways things currently are. His reactions are impulsive at time, and thought out at others. He has to deal with emotions of sorrow, anger, love, and perhaps even insanity, all at once. In the beginning of the play, Hamlet ponders with the idea of suicide. He can not figure out which way of life, or lack there of, would be worse. While, talking to himself, he gives the famous "to be, or not to be" speech, in which he weighs out which is worst. To be, or not to be? That is the question- Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them? ...read more.


Hamlet is also trapped with his feelings towards his mother and how he should act. He has lived his whole with his parents. Only a month after his father's death, his mother remarries. He does not understand how quickly she had got over the fact that her husband, the love of her life, has died. In hamlet's mind, his mother lives in the sin of incest for marrying the King's brother. He feels that she has betrayed him. Not only has she betrayed her own son Hamlet, but her husband hamlet as well. He even thinks back to when his mother was very happy with his father. Must I remember? Why she would hang on him As is increase of appetite had grown By what it fed on, and yet, within a month- A play is put on which Hamlet tells the actors what to perform. He tells them to perform a scene in which a male actor poisons a king, identical to what Claudius did to King Hamlet. ...read more.


This is another trap Hamlet has put himself into. He is acting crazy and he is only doing so to hide the fact that he is seeking revenge against his uncle. Hamlet announced earlier in the play that he was going to act crazy, so it's hard to conclude that he (coincidentally) really went mad right after saying so. His behavior toward Ophelia is self-destructive and fraught with emotional intensity. It does absolutely nothing for his future plans. This is a passionate event that appeals to Hamlet's unstable behavior he seems to be trapped in. The last trap Hamlet is caught in, Hamlet is unaware of. Laertes, the son of Polonius, is also seeking revenge. Hamlet killed his father; therefore he plans to kill Hamlet. King Claudius helps Laertes plan this event by covering it with a fencing match. Claudius presents a bet that Hamlet can strike Laertes three times before Laertes can do so to Hamlet. He actually dips Laertes sword in poison, and prepares a drink for Hamlet that contains poison as well. Hamlet believes that he is accepting a challenge, when really he is arriving to his death. ...read more.

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