Character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet Essay

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Character of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hamlet is a man of many discoveries. The tragic hero in Shakespeare's Hamlet undergoes many changes throughout the play. His mindset is set deep and far away from the physical world that both helps him and hinders him in his plight for revenge against his uncle, Claudius, and his mother.

When Hamlet is first introduced in Act I, Scene II, the reader is shown the depths of his sorrow. The King asks Hamlet "How is it that the clouds still hang on you" and the Queen tells him to "Cast thy nighted color off." By these comments one can envision Hamlet as someone who appears and radiates out his sorrow over his father's death. Hamlet lets the reader know that his sorrow runs much
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"O, most wicked speed, to post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets!" He thinks that no good has been brought forth from this marriage and it is the cause of his own speculations surrounding the cause of his father's death.

It is not until after Hamlet encounters the ghost that a plot for revenge is calculated against Claudius. The ghost of Hamlet's father lets him know the fashion in which he was murdered by his brother, "thy uncle stole, with juice of cursed hebona in a vial, and in the porches of my ears did pour the leprous distilment." The ghost tells Hamlet to not "Let the royal bed of Denmark be a couch for luxury and damned incest." And also to neither "Taint thy mind nor let thy soul contrive against thy mother." Hamlet now having the knowledge of how his father was murdered and a final wish from his father he vows to " from the table of my memory I'll wipe away all trivial fond records, All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past that youth and observation copied there And thy commandment all alone shall live." This act seems very dedicated at the surface but takes away from Hamlet the motive to continue living after the deed is done. With nothing in him other than an order for revenge, there is no passion in him to back up what must be done. This removal of all other thoughts hinders Hamlet's ability to carry out the commandment.
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