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"Hamlet is a character about whom we are told so much, yet we know little. Do you agree?"

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"Hamlet is a character about whom we are told so much, yet we know little. Do you agree?" This essay will discuss the character of Hamlet and the ways he potrays himself across to the reader. It highlights his introspection, puns, and thoughts of death, thoughts of women and his "madness". These all help to find out more about Hamlets character. Hamlet first introduces us to his character through famous soliloquies however this is not the only way of finding out who or what he is. In his first scene Hamlet speaks to his mother, and mocks her lack of grief for his father, her dead husband. "I have that within which passeth show" and "These but the trappings and the suits of woe". At this point in the speech, Hamlet may merely mean that his grief for his father is genuine, but "passeth show" may also mean that he has some sort of feeling that can't be shown by "the trappings and suits of woe"--his black clothing and cloudy face. Hamlet says that the King is "My father's brother, but no more like my father, than I to Hercules". This comment, which appears in Hamlet's first soliloquy, makes it appear that Hamlet does not consider himself particularly strong or heroic. ...read more.


who wasn't allowed to see him any more. Polonius' idea has its roots in a popular idea of the time, which was that frustrated love brings on an act of madness. This was a good excuse for Hamlet to pursue the Ghost without rising suspicion of it ever being there. He does this to stop Horatio's pleading with Hamlet not to follow the Ghost. Horatio asks him to think about what might happen if the Ghost "assume some other horrible form, Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason, And draw you into madness". Horatio believes that the Ghost is not Hamlet's father in the form of a ghost, but a spirit in the form of Hamlet's father. That spirit could instantly take on another shape or lure Hamlet to the edge of a cliff, where the sight of the depth "so many fathoms to the sea" puts "toys of desperation . . . into every brain." Hamlet uses puns and paradoxes, which shows his character as witty and capable of logical thinking. "Thrift, thrift, Horatio! The funeral baked meats, did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables". This pun bitterly jokes that the real reason his mother's remarriage came so soon after her husband's death, was so that she could save money by serving the leftover funeral refreshments to the wedding guests. ...read more.


This could be because Hamlet truly dislikes Polonius and the ways he has handled the matter of Ophelia. When Polonius asked Hamlet a question Hamlet replied "Into my grave", "Will you walk out of the air, my lord?" Apparently the chamber is drafty, and Polonius is inviting Hamlet to go to a warmer room, but Hamlet implies that he's sooner be dead than go anyplace with Polonius. Showing that Hamlet Dislikes being with Polonius. This shows the darker side of Hamlets character and the implications it could bring. As we can see, Hamlet is a quick-witted character with a strong mind and a "heavy" heart. Hamlet spends most of his time thinking. A good deal of his narrative sounds more like speeches as if he is speaking to himself, or his own mind. Good deals of Hamlet's speeches are soliloquies, however, even when he is speaking to someone, it sounds as if he is contemplating matters in his own mind. Hamlet's ability to act, and his vivid imagination drive gets more insane as the play moves on. He becomes less and less rational, and moves further away from reality. He woos Ophelia, leads her to believe he will take her as his wife, but then tells her he feels he is not worthy and she should: "Get thou to a nunnery! Why wouldst thou be a Breeder of sinners?" Marc Chapman 12 IS English ...read more.

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