Character Development: Hamlet Essay

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In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the main protagonist, Hamlet experiences a series of events that dramatically change his character. When the audience first meets Hamlet, he is dressed in all black he is portrayed as a sulky, depressed prince. Through the course of the play however, it is revealed that Hamlet as a character has more than one side to him – he is brooding as he is impulsive, and he is vengeful as his is indecisive. The audience sees Hamlet struggling with the death of his father, and the emotional toll of knowing the truth but being unable to exact revenge. This is what essentially changes Hamlet. Because of the constant back and forth of having to act like nothing is wrong and having to suppress his rage towards King Claudius, …show more content…
While Hamlet is eager to take revenge, Hamlet is also aware that there are certain consequences that underlie killing the King. Because of this, Hamlet must change again to be more crafting and almost enigmatic. The events of the play push Hamlet further away from the rest of the characters and will result in his eventual downfall. Hamlet changes dramatically from Act I to Act V. He first begins as a sad, almost lonesome prince but by the end he has arguably “taken power” and does in fact get his revenge. The times when Hamlet demonstrates power and control are times when he defiantly responds “And how if I answer no?” (5.2.171) to Osric. It is clear that by the end of the play Hamlet is no longer the same sulky prince that the audience met In the beginning. The events of the play changed Hamlet in such a way that he was in the end able to exact revenge on Claudius. He changed in such a way that he acted insane in order to make Claudius think that he was not a threat, and he changed in such a way that he plans the death of his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Hamlet is a different man by the of the

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