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Hamlet's strengths and weaknesses

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  • Submitted: 27/01/2012
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GCSE Hamlet

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'We admire Hamlet as much for his weaknesses as for his strengths.' -Jessica McGrath

Hamlet is a very complex character who changes a lot throughout the play. In fact I think that somewhere along the lines, he loses his sanity. If I am right then he would be an insane person, pretending to be insane, making it very hard for the audience (including myself) to have any definite feelings towards him. He does a lot of things which would normally be considered unforgivable, but given the circumstances, he still manages to be loved by the reader / audience and we feel sorry for him when he dies. His personality is similar in the sense that it is complex. He has strengths and weaknesses, things we like and things we don't like, but we still love him even if he is a murderer, and verbally attacks his mother and girlfriend. We also gain insight to some of his redeeming qualities. He is loved so much by the general danish population that Claudius considers him a threat to his kingship even when Hamlet has adopted an antic disposition. If his is so then he must be loved for a reason.

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