Hamlet : William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

991 Words Nov 12th, 2014 4 Pages
Lucille Cousin
November 10, 2014
APLA 12 - Hamlet Character Analysis

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, regarded as one his most famous plays, is based on the story of the Hamlet, the “Dark” Prince of Denmark. The protagonist, being Hamlet, is an extremely complex man with such a multi-dimensional personality that to this day, critics struggle to understand him. Each reader is left to decide his/her own interpretation of him — whether he is evil and insane, if he’s a tragic hero, or if he is a victim of circumstances beyond his control. A man of radical contradictions, Hamlet’s character remains one of the most ambiguous in American literature. One interpretation is that Hamlet’s inner turmoil is responsible for his insanity. Shattered by his father’s murder and his mother’s remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet left utterly distraught and sorrowful. Tis not alone my inky cloak, goof mother, Nor my customary suits of solemn black, Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, No, nor the fruitful river of the eye, Nor the dejected havior of the visage, Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, That can denote me truly. (I, ii, 80-85)

In this scene, he describes the nature of his depression to his mother, Gertrude, saying that his clothes, his weeping, or his difficulty in speaking does not truly portray the sadness he feels inside. In George Wilson Knight’s interpretation, “Hamlet when we first meet him has lost all sense of life’s significance”. He contemplates…
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