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To What Extent Do You Sympathise With The Character Of Hamlet ?

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To What Extent Do You Sympathise With The Character Of Hamlet ? Hamlet is a character who has had much to deal with physiologically in the small space of time referred to within the play. At the beginning of the play his father, the king of Denmark is cruelly murdered by his uncle, who then almost immediately marries his mother Gertrude. Hamlet dispieses them both greatly for this impromptus, untimely marriage; 'The funeral baked meats Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables'. We soon hear of Hamlet's first contemplation of suicide, an indication of just how badly these events have affected his mental state and reasoning; ' Or that the everlasting had not fixed His canon 'gainst self-slaughter. O God, God, how weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world'. Even before his encounter with the ghost of his late father, who brings news of his murderous uncle, Shakespeare uses Hamlet's first soliloquy to ...read more.


Once in the woods the ghost tells Hamlet that he is the spirit of his father, this to a person at that time in history would have been believable, so Hamlet would have taken this encounter as something which could be explained by his superstition. It was widely believed at the time that ghosts were the souls of those who had died leaving unfinished business. Souls trapped between this world and the next who must resolve their grievances before being allowed to move on ; 'I am thy father's spirit, Doomed for a certain term to walk the night, And for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away.' The ghost goes on to tell Hamlet how he had been murdered by his brother, the new king of Denmark and new Husband to his wife, Hamlets uncle; 'Murder most foul, as in the best it is' 'But know, thou noble youth, The serpent that did sting thy father's life Now wears his crown.' ...read more.


I'll observe his looks.' When during the play the reaction of guilt of his uncle become apparent his fears are confirmed and Hamlet knows for certain he has been betrayed by his own family. Hamlet also finds out that his love, Ophelia had first been told to stay away from him and then sent by her father and the king to spy on him, along with his friends from youth Rodsencrantz and Guildenstern to spy on him. By now his father is dead, his mothers married his uncle, his love, Ophelia has been told to reject him, then spy on him and his friends Rodencrantz ad Guildenstein have turned on him, he doesn't know what to believe, his whole world has caved in. Sympathy surely deserves to lie with Hamlet who although a murderer and debatably mad has been put through the upmost physiological torment and destruction in the course of the story. Everyone he comes in to contact with betrays him and he is driven to the ends which he takes. ?? ?? ?? ?? C.Heasman 12 NP ...read more.

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