Analysis Of Hamlet By William Shakespeare Essay

1028 Words Apr 12th, 2016 5 Pages
The story of Hamlet mostly takes place in Elsinore, Denmark during the late middle ages. However, it also has aspects of Shakespeare’s time, the 16th century, scattered throughout the play. During both the 15th and 16th centuries, public image played a crucial role in every noble’s life. How society viewed a noble was just as important as a noble’s honor. Hamlet, the main character of the play, grows in that society, but he fights against the pressure to maintain a positive public view. Instead, he acts based on both his own thoughts and his father’s spirits last wish. Due to Hamlet’s self-righteousness, he is the strongest character in the entire play. Every other character was written into the play to support him and show how important having strong resolve or determination to realize one’s personal and familial honor by fighting for what is rightfully one’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet’s friends from college in Wittenberg, bolster Hamlet as a character through their inactivity. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern both lack any goals in the play. Their lack of goals make them both equal to an average person of the court in the 15th century. Whenever they speak to Hamlet, the both of them together usually have roughly the same number of lines as Hamlet showing that Hamlet is able to keep up with two average people and that his resolve to attain his rightful position as king. In the end, Hamlet’s resolve overpowered the both of them, and he was able to escape death and set…

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