Hamlet Character Analysis

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play known worldwide and was written between 1599 and 1605 by the ingenious author and poet, William Shakespeare. The play is a drama that includes a love story, betrayal, and a tragic ending. During the time Hamlet was written, the population of England loved watching the hard ache of others and they epically loved murder and gore. Luckily for Shakespeare, todays current population loves watching and reading about the same things which kept most of his work around. The play Hamlet is the story of a young price that lost his father to a murderer who happens to be his uncle, Claudius. Claudius then marries Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude making Claudius the new King of England. Hamlet’s deceased father returns as a ghost and tells Hamlet…show more content…
William Shakespeare riddled his play with small symbols that are meant to be overlooked, yet once discovered, help the reader understand what is happening and why. The apparition of Hamlet’s father is a major symbol in the play and sets it in to motion, giving hamlet a motive and the audience a sense of what is to come. The flowers that Ophelia gives to the King and Queen hint a lot about the royal couple and also give Ophelia a final statement before she dies and finally the last major symbol is the skull of Yorick, the scull is a symbol that compares Hamlet to a court jester and makes it clear exactly why Hamlet is acting mad when really he is doing undercover detective work. Ophelia, being Hamlet’s lady friend with benefits is often portrayed as a white, innocent young lady, which gives her character further meaning, rather than only being recognized as Hamlets relief of lust. She goes mad upon hearing news of the sudden murder of her father that Hamlet committed. It is at this point in the peak of her madness when she contributes important and vital symbols to the play. She hands out a multitude of different flowers to her brother Laertes, the King Claudius, Queen Gertrude and keeps two for her self. These flowers all represent different meanings, which Debra Mancoff, scholar and author of Victorian Studies helps uncover. “Ophelia's offered meanings - rosemary for remembrance, pansies for thought - by matching the other

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