William Shakespeare 's ' Hamlet ' Essay

1543 Words Jan 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Being young comes with many hardships and challenges. In William Shakespeare 's "Hamlet", the protagonist, Prince Hamlet of Denmark, is faced with the sudden and unexpected murder of his dear father, King Hamlet of Denmark. Hamlet 's despair and confusion prompt him to try and avenge his father 's assassination by killing his Uncle Claudius, but his determination to take revenge against Claudius makes him seem like a hero seeking justice. Hamlet’s actions prove to be more immoral than Claudius’ due to how much more destruction he causes to the people around him. Hamlet’s quest for vengeance begins when he encounters his deceased father’s ghost. The ghost informs Hamlet that he must avenge the killing of his father by eliminating King Claudius. Hamlet agrees to the ghost’s orders and begins to take immediate action by acting insane. Everyone including Claudius, Ophelia, and Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) notice Hamlet’s strange behavior. Claudius reacts to his behavior suspiciously, and asks one of his men, Polonius, to spy on Hamlet and listen to his conversations. Claudius explains that "madness in great ones must not [unwatched] go" (III.I.204), and watching Hamlet will give him a better understanding of his mind state. When Gertrude calls Hamlet in for a talk, Polonius hides behind an arras and listens to the mother and son’s conversation. While Hamlet is speaking with Gertrude, the conversation becomes aggressive, and Gertrude begins to shout “What wilt thou do? Thou…

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