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Hamlet causes the deaths of many people by the end of Act 5. To what extent does Shakespeare cause us to have sympathy for his Tragic Hero?

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Hamlet causes the deaths of many people by the end of Act 5. To what extent does Shakespeare cause us to have sympathy for his Tragic Hero? Shakespeare causes us to have sympathy for his tragic hero Hamlet; because of the moral dilemmas he is situated in. The murder of King Hamlet, Hamlets father who was killed by Claudius is one of his situations. Claudius, the brother of king Hamlet then married his wife we are also aware he only killed him for the throne. Therefore Hamlet has to seek revenge for his uncle. But there are parts of the play where we have no sympathy for Hamlet whatsoever. For example when he kills the innocent Polonius, thinking it was Claudius and he also kills a few more people within the play. Also throughout the story Hamlet is stuck in many religious and moral dilemmas. We have sympathy for Hamlet when, unlike Denmark, he has religious convictions. This is proven due to the fact of Denmark being a corrupt country. This again is proven by the Danish people working on a Sunday, which is considered a rest day in the Christian Bible, and as Denmark is a Christian country, they should not be working. This contrasts to Hamlet who is portrayed as a holy man. ...read more.

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Hamlet does not react acts as if this was normal. Perhaps he knew it was Polonius behind the curtain, maybe he killed him to prove to his mother he is not afraid to do anything, warning her to leave her new husband. He tells her how he feels and what he thinks about her and criticizes. Hamlet is so ashamed of his mother what it he thinks of her. "Heaven's face...at the act" ( 3.4.48-51). What he is trying to tell her is has disbelief in her and compares his disbelief with doomsday, which was a day, which was avoided by many. His odd behavior towards his mother and stepfather builds up suspension between the people around Hamlet. Hamlet convinces everyone that he is in not in a mentally stable condition. Although at first Hamlet feels the idea of the antic disposition and being assumed unstable is good, Hamlet is unsure of his own genuine condition, perhaps it could be the case that he cannot change from how he is acting to how he naturally is. It seems not very obvious to the audience at times if Hamlet is still putting on an act or actually genuinely mentally unstable. When Hamlet murders Polonius he still seems to be obsessed with his mother's betrayal, never mind himself committing his first ever murder. ...read more.

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But then again heaven forgives all sins. Hamlet contrasts with Laertes the tragic revenge hero as Hamlet and Laertes both display strong reactions when angered. Once Laertes discovers his father has been murdered he immediately assumes the murderer is Claudius, due to him murdering before. This is what Hamlet also had thought As a result of Laertes's opinion he then moved to avenge Polonius's death. Hamlet and Laertes share a different but deep concern for Ophelia. Before Laertes's departure for France, Laertes provides advice to Ophelia telling her to end her relationship with Hamlet. She takes the advice but she doesn't put it too action. To some extent we have sympathy for Hamlet because of the many moral and religious dilemmas he is faced in. For example the murder of his father, and then his mother's marriage to the murderer of his father. However, to some extent we do loose sympathy for Hamlet because of his sexist nature towards women for example when he demands Ophelia to go to a nunnery. Also all the murders he commits, even some, which were innocent, for example the murder of Polonius. I have sympathy for Hamlet because he has faced many moral dilemmas and yet he did the right thing in most of them. The fact that he killed people was a thing he thought he had to do so he did them and this shows an inner strength within himself. Jake Gallop, 10 Sheridan Jake Gallop Hamlet Cw ...read more.

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