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Hamlet is a pathetic character whose inability to act brings about a well deserved downfall. However, others may argue that Hamlet is a noble hero with whom we must sympathise. Which of these viewpoints do you agree with? Discuss both in detail, suggestin

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Hamlet is a pathetic character whose inability to act brings about a well deserved downfall. However, others may argue that Hamlet is a noble hero with whom we must sympathise. Which of these viewpoints do you agree with? Discuss both in detail, suggesting what you think about the character of Hamlet. When attempting to define the nature of one of the characters in a play, it is important to focus our attention on particular scenes. These being parts where other characters are speaking about, in this case, Hamlet, or when Hamlet is in conversation with other characters. This would mean act one scene two till the end of act one is our focal point with regard to answering this question. The objective of this argument is to explore the character of Hamlet in order to decide whether Hamlet is either a "pathetic" or "noble" character. Hamlet is portrayed as a cynic and as a bitter human in his first line, which in turn gives him the image of being pathetic. ...read more.

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This is shown through Hamlet's ability to contradict his own decisions without realising it. An example of this is when he says "His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. O God, God," in this he is referring to suicide, which is seen as a sacrilegious thing to do, meaning he is forbidden from doing so. The repetition of "God" creates the feeling of desperation in Hamlet, thus enforcing the view that he is dismal. In contradiction to his prior decision to not practise blasphemy, Hamlet vows to avenge his father in act one scene five, "May sweep to my revenge" which immediately tells us he puts honour and duty before his religious obligations. In doing so Hamlet is portrayed as a weak minded individual who is easily swayed by the wants and requests of others. Alternatively, it can be suggested that Hamlet is an honourable man as it is possible he turned down suicide in order to follow through with his suspicions of Claudius and fulfil his duties as the son of a murdered king. ...read more.

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In conclusion to this, it is clear to see that Hamlet is a confused individual who has been greatly affected by the events in his life that led him up to the point where he has to usurp a role that is clearly unfit for him. Thus making it unfair to refer to him as a 'pathetic' character as he is a victim of his shortcomings and the traumatic events that occur. However, it can be suggested that Hamlet is a grown man and should be able to deal with such issues without being held back or put into danger by hasty and na�ve decisions. This relates to the idea that he should be fully aware of the fate he has devoted himself to, as he is an actor with the full knowledge of the story of the tragic hero. Finally, labelling Hamlet as a "pathetic character" or a "noble hero" is completely dependent on whether the audience or readers sympathise with Hamlet out of pity or genuine sorrow. ?? ?? ?? ?? Keshav Kapoor English Essay 2 - Hamlet 08.10.2007 ...read more.

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