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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 this 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 this Tragic Hero? Introduction Why is it enormous crime? (Killing of Claudius) issues faced by Hamlet. (e.g. delayed revenge of his fathers murder?) * One of the central aspects within the play is a dilemma he is forced to face. This dilemma is whether or not he should murder his uncle to revenge his father's death. * Hamlet was the reason for Claudius death; however this does not make the audience loose sympathy for Hamlet as in his case things can be seen from a different alternative. * Hamlet had many opportunities to kill his uncle Claudius but by using common sense as a man of words, he waited until he found out all the details to his fathers murder so he could get the perfect revenge at a later time in the play. * Therefore if we take a look at it from Shakespeare's view Hamlet had to delay the murder of Claudius because he would not be fulfilling his role as a 'tragic hero'. * If Hamlet had killed Claudius when he had the chance, an example being in Act III scene III, the play would have been two acts shorter; thus this will be not satisfying its Elizabethan audience as a 'tragedy'. Topic 1 The impossibility of Hamlets dilemma causes the audience to have sympathy for Hamlet. We have sympathy for Hamlet because... ...read more.

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* Hamlet treatment of Opheila is 'cruel.' * Lines 153-163 are a touching testament to Hamlet's qualities of mind and body. * Hamlets speech is disjointed and the use of "nunnery in the dual sense of "convent" and slang for "brothel" can be disconcerting, as can the several false exits where he bids Ophelia farewell the returns to the insults, but the king is right this does not resemble madness. * Hamlet's disgust with her becomes, as focused with his mothers, upon sexual depravity. * He sees Ophelia as a whore, as frailty personified rather than as a particular woman- "I have heard of your paintings- you jig..., you amble... and you make your wantonness your ignorance" This suggest that Ophelia is putting on a false face by lying and she is pretending that she does not know what she is up to. * Hamlet asks her if she is 'honest' and comments on how easily beauty makes good people bad. That's why he tells her to go and lie in a 'nunnery.' * She tells him a direct lie, and Hamlet explodes with fury, which is not only directed at her but also directed at the spies (Claudius and Polonius). Therefore we can have sympathy for Hamlet because he describes Ophelia as 'fair' kind and true. He describes the qualities/appearance and character of someone he loves, admires and trusts. It is not Hamlet who sets out to attack her it is Ophelia use of words which makes Hamlet feel as is she is treating him as if he was somebody else. ...read more.

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He had a choice of how he would deal with Claudius, and like other tragic hero's made a decision. Also, the audience was able to feel sympathy for the position Hamlet was in. These attributes made Hamlet the perfect example of a tragic hero. But Hamlet like all other tragic hero's had a flaw. He couldn't get around to doing anything, because he couldn't move on, it took him a long time to stop grieving about his father, because he didn't want to move past that part of his life. And after he finally did, Hamlet couldn't get around to killing Claudius. He kept pretending he was insane even after he was sure that Claudius killed his father. Conclusion * 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', and also all the murders he commits, even some, which may have been were innocent, for example the murder of Polonius. * I surely think sympathy deserves to lie with Hamlet who although a murderer and debatably mad has been put through the up most physiological torment and destruction in the course of the play. Everyone he comes in to contact with betrays him and he is driven to the ends which he takes him to his death too. 1 ...read more.

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