The Role Of Minor Characters Of William Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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The importance of minor characters

When analyzing a text, it is essential that readers do not put two-dimensional character aside as they have the same amount value of a three-dimensional character. Minor characters typically serve as a plot device to establish a setting or theme. However, it is not expected of them to be interesting as the major characters are far more complex and have intentions that cause them to be the central focus of the play. To further explain, major characters are three- dimensional, therefore, relatable for a reader as opposed to a two- dimensional role. With that being said, minor characters are important to help establish a three-dimensional major character through interactions between them. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet successfully applies the relationship between major and minor characters through the development of the protagonist, Prince Hamlet. Throughout the play, the minor characters expose Hamlet’s envy based on the theme of procrastination. Furthermore, Hamlet’s interaction with the minor characters determines whom he trusts and respect. In addition, the minor characters have an influence on Hamlet’s moral consciousness. Overall, Shakespeare depicts minor characters as not only to help further the plot but also to prove that they play a significance in the contribution of Hamlet’s character development.

To begin, Hamlet illustrates the protagonist’s foil, which inevitably shows his envy due to him being unable to pursue his goals…

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