• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Shakespeare present the character of Hamlet?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Does Shakespeare Present The Character Of Hamlet? The mastery of Shakespeare in depicting his characters is shown in a way that they seem to dominate the spectre of stage, as well as enthralls their audience in captivating mood from the beginning of the play until its climax. The character of Hamlet has perhaps engraved the name of Shakespeare in the realms of English Literature, as this character alone has succeeded in capturing a variety of moods. Hamlet has also mastered the roles of equally different people, their feelings, sentiments and depiction of an equally varied number of situations in an individual's life. The following essay will however limit its discussion on the specific methods used by Shakespeare in order to present Hamlet, and strive to include this character in a different historical perspective. Hamlet's character is observed to make a gradual progression from one that respects and follows a moral order in life to one who is full of revenge. Right from the beginning of the play, Hamlet encounters his father's ghost, saying "To cast thee up again. What does this mean?" the encounter revealing to him that the latter was murdered by his own brother and Hamlet's uncle Claudius. ...read more.

Middle

Any insane individual would have committed the murder, particularly when his adversary was busy in a task, even if it was praying. Another strong aspect the sanity in Hamlet's character is the long duration taken for taking a final decision. The famous quote "To be or not to be" implies that Hamlet was truly in a state of indecisiveness, as he could take a decision whether to commit the sin or not. On one side his conscience forces him to take the revenge of his father, while at the same time Hamlet also thinks of committing suicide as he cannot live a life in such a state of turmoil. At the same time Hamlet also has thoughts that he would rather die than remain unavenged. Insanity would have any individual to act in impulse, and not wait as was done by Hamlet. In the modernised film of 'Hamlet' by Ethan Hawke, Hamlet is shown to be a mad person more than in any other film. This is because it frequently shows him isolated and talking to himself in an arguably mental tone. In addition to the two contrasting features of Hamlet, Shakespeare chooses to present the protagonist as an antiheroic figure. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hamlet approaches Ophelia and talks to her. He famously tells her "get thee to a nunnery." Hamlet becomes angry, realizes he's gone too far, and says "I say there will be no more marriage", and exits. Ophelia is left bewildered, scared, and heartbroken, sure that Hamlet is crazy. After Hamlet storms out, Ophelia makes her "O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown" soliloquy. Other characters in Hamlet such as Laertes and his father Polonius convey hatred towards Hamlet, before and after Polonius's death. Laertes advises Ophelia against Hamlet's romantic pursuit of her, and Polonius forbids her to "give words" with him. After Polonius's death, Laertes despises Hamlet further. He says "I dare damnation. To this point I stand, that both the world, I give to negligence, Let come what comes; only I'll be reveng'd, most thoroughly for my father." In conclusion, Shakespeare presents the character of Hamlet in numerous ways. In one perspective, his role progresses from one who follows a moral order in life to one who is mad, and full of revenge and sin. In contrast he presents his character as sane as well. Shakespeare also conveys distinctive elements in Hamlet such as his antiheroism and conscientiousness. The fact that Hamlet is presented in several alternative forms is sheer evidence of how Hamlet is a very unique character and why the play was very successful. ?? ?? ?? ?? Christopher Boutari ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

4 star(s)

This is a very good essay and does a good job of exploring the character of Hamlet. The presentation of Hamlet throughout such a long play is a very broad task and at times the essay becomes a bit list like because so many points are trying to be explored; perhaps considering presentation of the character in three key scenes would enable for a more focused piece.



4 Stars

Marked by teacher Laura Gater 08/05/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Dream holiday essay

    the table, they play the match with all the passion and spirit and that's what made me think to go and watch a match. My dream holiday would never be complete without trying out my much-anticipated sport, Surfing and what better place than Dubai.

  2. Mid-term break essay

    The mother's reaction is quite unexpected as you would think that the mother would be crying showing a lot of emotion and the father to be taking it in his stride but not in this case as it is the other way round.

  1. Frankenstein Gothic Play Analysis

    The Plot in Frankenstein portrays the gothic events in Frankenstein play. In the original novel the main conflict is when Frankenstein's mother dies. This result to Frankenstein's obsession with death and bringing it to life. In the play, the main conflict is when Frankenstein brought The Monster to life.

  2. English- Sexton's Hero Essay

    To win Letty's eye, the Sexton challenged Gilbert to a fight, which he turned down. This was a very un-heard of thing in Lindal and Gilbert was then rejected from all of village life, leaving him isolated and alone. Gilbert at the end of the story then sacrifices himself for

  1. How does the ghost persuade Hamlet to accept the role of the avenger

    This serpent is referring to Hamlets Uncle, the King of Denmark at the time as Hamlet goes on to discover however before this Hamlet already agrees to revenge the person who killed his father, his uncle, 'sweep to my revenge'.

  2. Philadelphia Here I Come: Father & Son Relationship

    Because you pay me less than you pay Madge. But far worse than that Screwballs because we embarrass one another". Gar longs for his father to make one unpredictable remark that might act as the spark for a meaningful conversation.

  1. Suffer The Little Children (Stephen King) - Literary Analysis Coursework

    a slow running stream' suggesting a danger of drowning, that there could be hidden danger in the depths. The children seem to have been underestimated by the narrator. The look that Robert gave her wouldn't leave her mind, stuck there like 'a tiny string of roast beef between two molars.'

  2. Explore How Willy Russel Presents Mr Briggs In 'Our Day Out'

    ''Just what are you trying to do to me?'' This rhetorical question shows how he doesn't know how to be nice without turning their suffering into something painful for him. The way he does this makes me feel like he doesn't care about the kids and is only saving Carol to keep himself in employment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work