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HAMLET- Personality traits

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Jasveen Brar

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Impulsive Indecisive After Act 1 Scene 5, Hamlet has promised to avenge his fathers death. But, He doesn't take any immediate action to it even though he has reason to. In Act 3 Scene 2, Hamlet has a plan to set up a play and get them to act out his fathers death scene. He also instructs Horatio to observe Claudius to see his reaction to this. Hamlet sets this up so that he can confirm if the ghost was indeed telling the truth or not. Claudius reacted as Hamlet had expected him to but still he did not take action. In Act 3 Scene 3, Hamlet has a chance to kill Claudius as he is praying but does not. Later on he accidentally kills Polonius thinking that he was Claudius. Claudius fearing for his life sends Hamlet away to England. In Act 4 Scene 4, Hamlet is on his way to England where he runs into Fortinbras, the Prince of Norway. Hamlet is inspired by Fortinbras and his passion and willingness to fight (they are on their way to Poland to fight over a patch of worthless land). Fortinbras has also lost his father and now finds himself seeking revenge. But, while Hamlet sits around contemplating life and death, Fortinbras takes clear and immediate action by raising an army to reclaim Norway's lost territories. He sees Fortinbras as a model for how he should behave. "To be great / is not to stir without great argument / but greatly to find quarrel in a straw / when honor's at the stake" After this scene, Hamlet makes the decision to return home and kill Claudius as he had promised. Cancer Loyal Hamlet By: Jasveen Brar Someone who is a Cancer is likely to be loyal and attached to their family. They are also prone to have mood swings as well as can be indecisive at times. Their mood swings may be caused by their changing emotions causing them to change from being inverted to being an extroverted person. Can also be impulsive at times and take time to take action and make decisions. Cancerians are also known to be intelligent and cunning. Emotional-Depressed The End In Act 1 scene 5, Hamlet learns that his father was murdered by his uncle, Claudius. Hamlet is shocked and furious. He makes a promise to the ghost of his father that he will avenge his death and make sure that Claudius pays .After the Ghost comes to tell Hamlet of his murder, Hamlet begins his second soliloquy in which he wants revenge and says “So, uncle, there you are; now to my word; It is “Adieu, adieu! Remember me.” I have sworn’t” Thus, since he is loyal to his father, Hamlet wants to seek revenge on Claudius. Throughout the play you see again and again this loyality expressed by Hamlet.
In Act 5 Scene 2, Hamlet does kill Claudius finally avenging his fathers death. Intelligent Hamlet is a very intelligent character, for example in Act 2 Scene 2 Claudius send Hamlets friends Rosencratz and Guildenstern to spy on Hamlet to determine if he is crazy or not. "So by your companies to draw him on to pleasures and to gather, so much as from occasion you may glean, whether aught to us unknown afflicts him thus that, opened, lies within our remedy." Hamlet quickly catches onto why his friends are really there. So he decides to act crazy, so that his friends can report back to Claudius. Hamlet pretends to be crazy. At times he shows signs of uncontrollable insanity. Whenever he interacts with the others such as Claudius and Polonius he is wild, crazy, and plays a fool. At other times, he exemplifies intelligence and method in his madness. In instances when he is alone or with Horatio, he is civilized and sane. This is shown in Act 3 Scene 2 (pg70) Hamlet is instructing Horatio to observe the King during the play. Moments later, Hamlet is joined by Claudius, Polonius, Ophelia and others. Where he beings to start acing a little crazy. Overview Hamlet Impulsive Intelligent Emotional Indecisive Loyal In Act 3 Scene 4, Hamlet behaves rashly and impulsively at times. An example of this is when he stabs Polonius through a curtain thinking that it's Claudius listening in on his conversation with his mother. Hamlet acts rash and impulsive because he doesn't even check to see who it is behind the curtain and as a result stabs Polonius. "(the Queen)" Oh, what a rash and bloody deed this is!" (Hamlet) "A bloody deed! Almost as bad, good mother, As kill a king, and marry with his brother...(after he finds that he didn't kill Claudius but killed Polonius, he continues) Thou wretched, rash, intruding fool, farewell! I took thee for thy better. Take thy fortune."
Another example of Hamlets impulsivness can be observed in Act 1 Scene 4, when Horatio and Marcellus try to stop Hamlet from following the ghost, fearing that Hamlets life may be in danger. Hamlet basically threatens his friends to let him go and follows the potentially dangerous ghost into the forest without any contemplation. "Hamlet: Unhand me gentlemen. By heaven, I'll make a ghost of him that lets me! I say, away. Go on. I'll follow thee" After the recent death of his father, Hamlet is upset and he gets more upset when he sees his mother remarrying in a short period of time. Hamlet is observed to be very emotional at times, and the emotion which is frequently expressed by Hamlet is him being depressed. His depression can be observed in Act 1 scene 2 when Hamlet says:"O! that this too too solid flesh would melt,Thaw and resolve itself into a dew;Or that the Everlasting had not fix'd His cannon 'gainst self-slaughter! O God! God!"In these lines Hamlet says that he would like to commit suicide, but cannot because of the way suicide is looked upon in god's eyes, he fears that he may end up in hell. More of Hamlet's depression can be seen in Act 3 scene 1 When he says "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;"In this soliloquy Hamlet once again talks about suicide. He says he would like to get rid of his endless troubles by killing himself, because in death he can sleep and have no worries. References: http://shakespeareworld.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/the-most-popular-shakespeares-quotes/
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