Analysis of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'

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Character analysis of Hamlet, Ghost, Horatio: Act 1, Scenes 1-5 The story of Hamlet is so famous, it is easy to forget that at the beginning of the play, Hamlet is unaware of the fact that his father was murdered by his uncle. Hamlet begins the play a depressed, angry young man who is barely able to conceal the fact that he despises his new stepfather for marrying his mother so soon after his beloved father's demise. However, he has no proof that his uncle did anything wrong at first. In fact, the main problem seems to be Hamlet's attitude: he is wearing black and is entirely removed from the merriment of the rest of the court. He barely acknowledges Claudius and makes an effort to go back to Wittenberg so he can study, but his mother begs him to stay. When he says: "I shall in all my best obey you, madam," he excludes Claudius from his reply, even though Gertrude begs him on behalf of 'us' (I.2). Thus Hamlet is a young man who is determined to reveal the truth he sees from the very first speech he makes and who has a strong sense of moral propriety, at least regarding the sexual conduct of his mother. "But I have that within which passeth show; / These but the trappings and the suits of woe," he says, stressing that the mourning clothing he is wearing are inadequate to fully indicate his feelings for his dead father. Even before he learns of the crime that caused his father's death, Hamlet clearly sees himself as a truth-teller. He refuses to forget the ugliness of the
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