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Hamlet Character Analysis

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Tim Eddy

on 20 May 2015

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Transcript of Hamlet Character Analysis

Enigmatic
Character Traits?
Thoughtful/contemplative
Tragic Hero
Hamlet Character Analysis
Indecisive
Impulsive
Peaceful
Careless
Animalistic
Wounded
Predatory
Kind
Cruel
Angry, dejected,
depressed,
and brooding.


Manic, elated,
enthusiastic,
and energetic.

To be, or not to be? That is the question—
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—
No more—and by a sleep to say we end
The heartache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished! To die, to sleep.
A great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined fordownfall, suffering, or defeat-dictionary.com
What is Hamlet's
Tragic Flaw
?
Let's Read!
"Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew,
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!
...That it should come to this."
Let me not think on ’t.
Frailty, thy name is woman!
Hamlet's fury and shock at his mother's decision
He thinks everything is spiraling out of control.
He is confused.
Gives the audience the reason for his melancholy.
Hamlet is shocked, angry and confused.
Hamlet now takes a poisened view of women.
Hamlet sees women as the epitome of weakness.
Portrays his deeply philosophical/contemplative way of thinking.
His internal conflict.
How powerful his use of words can be.
Objective
Avenge his father by killing Claudius.
Claudius is a member of his family and married to Gertrude.
Spies; Claudius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Love for Ophelia
He is a good guy, good morals.
Religion.
Claudius's turning other people against Hamlet.
Puts on play to prove Claudius' guilt.
Sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern off to be executed.
Talks to his mum about it.
Gertrude, loves and cares for her, admired the love she shared with his father but becomes disgusted and ashamed of her relationship with Claudius.
Claudius, Utter hate and disgust, untrusting of him and appalled at the relationship with Gertrude.
The ghost, attached, the last remaining part of his father. The catalyst that drives him to exact his revenge.
Ophelia, loves her deep down, but due to her being a woman thinks her frail and weak and unable to help him achieve his aim.
Prince of Denmark
Son of King Hamlet and Queen Gertrude; now married to his uncle
Student at University of Wittenburg.
An only child born into wealth and power.
Obstacles
Tactics
Relationships
History
Philosophical
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