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Hamlet the outside you can’t really understand

Hamlet has been called the greatest dramatic character to have ever been created. In turn he is also one of the most famous characters in all of literature by the amazing poet William Shakespeare. Even though Hamlet is one of the most well known characters in literature, he himself is a paradox as shakespeare reveals more about Hamlet than any of the other characters he has created, but yet Hamlet is still very much a mystery and up for interpretation to this day. There is more to Hamlet than any other character in the play, no matter how carefully you read into him there is always a sense that you could know more. To really understand who Hamlet is, you need to go from the beginning and dissect the soliloquies one by one to really get a sense of what he is thinking throughout the play. With the death of Hamlet’s father we can see immediately in the play that he seems to be overcome with grief for his loving father, but just looking from the outside you can’t really understand how deep his sorrow is for the loss of his father. Hamlet’s mother Gertrude also sees how hard the death of his father is on Hamlet with his fits of rage and cries of anguish. He shows all kinds of emotions that shows how truly he cared and looked up to his father. “For they are the actions that a man might play,But I have that within which passes show,These but the trappings and the suits of woe. (I.ii.84-6)” Hamlet mourns for his father deeply, which is made worse by the fact that his own mother seemed to move on fast and only shed “unrighteous tears” in the beginning. This is only made worse by the fact that it seems everyone around him is lacking feeling towards the death of the king. His father cared so much for Gertrude, he was compassionate, tender, and only wanted what was best for her, which only makes Hamlet gain disgust towards his own mother. It makes it seem like Gertrude was only in it for the status and greed of being married to a king. After only two months after the passing of Hamlet’s father Gertrude remarried with ┬áHamlet’s uncle Claudius. why she, even she –O, God! a beast, that wants discourse of reason,Would have mourn’d longer–married with my uncle,My father’s brother, but no more like my fatherThan I to Hercules: within a month: (I.ii.151-155)It is important to see how Hamlet is comparing himself to Hercules like His uncle “not more like my father”, he is showing that he is losing his sense of self-worth in his life.


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