Disposition Determines Fate ------the Analysis of Hamlet’s Character

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 119
  • Published : June 6, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
Disposition determines fate
------The analysis of hamlet’s character ChapterⅠ on the image of hamlet
1 Introduction
 Hamlet is one of the most powerful and influential tragedies wrote by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1601. This play, happens in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exactly revenges on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet‘s father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Hamlet‘s mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. Given the play’s dramatic structure and depth of characterization, Hamlet can be analyzed, interpreted and argued about from many perspectives especially Hamlet. 2. The analysis of Hamlet’s character

(1)Hamlet’s strength
1 Hamlet’s intelligence
Hamlet is very intelligent. His words are full of mottos and aphorism. He observes accurately and speaks pearls of wisdom. We see how acute he is when he stays in the scene; how he comes straight to the point to lie bare the nature of events in a few words. Hamlet stands still observing the proceeding of the court rites. The seemingly graceful and affable king is dealing with the national events, looking wise in running the country and treating his subordinates generously as a kindly father. Hamlet feels and understands the sheer hypocrisy about Claudius. When finally Claudius says to him:“……my cousin Hamlet , and my son —”, the prince speaks aside , as sudden as lightening , to break the fictitious t tranquility covered in the court . 2 Hamlet’s braveness

Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark. He enjoys a high social position and is respected by his people. Yet ever since he is called back from the university to the Danish court by the news of his father’s sudden death, he is involved in the depth of misery and the arduous task of avenging. His misery is deepened by his mother’s hasty marriage to his uncle, the present king and the suspected killer of his father. Life has suddenly become so complicated and challenging for Hamlet. Young and inexperienced as he is, Hamlet’s strong character enables him to stand firm under such a difficulty. Feeling isolated and lonely , he remains calm , using his intelligence to contend with his uncle’ s repeated persecutions , proving to himself his uncle’s crimes and finally carrying out the revenge , though at the cost of his own life. Throughout the play, we can see that Hamlet is not a frail and weak-minded youth. ⑵Hamlet’s weakness

① Hamlet’s melancholy
Melancholy, the main characteristic of Hamlet, is the external manifestation of his character, the color of his life. Without it, Hamlet is not Hamlet. Hamlet’s melancholy is not only the personal miserable sentimental emotion, but also the nature of bemoaning the state of the universe and pitying the fate of mankind. Melancholy can never escape from Hamlet, for he can not stand aloof from this miserable world. Till his death, he still says” this harsh world”. Melancholy is the key point of Hamlet’s character, but it is not congenital, it is produced by the realistic circumstance. On the one hand, he feels his great responsibility, on the other hand, he is weak and powerless, he finds himself in an isolated position. He witnesses the dark society, miserable people, corrupt officials, Hamlet is shocked completely. How to treat the problem of evils, form his point of view, it is a problem of life and death. Some negative factors in Hamlet’s character maintain links with his melancholy. Sometimes he has a gloomy countenance; he is unsociable, depressed, unnatural, inconstant and brutal. ② Hamlet’s hesitation

Hamlet’s another character is his irresolution and his hesitation. Here I only want to give a typical example to illustrate this point. In the play Shakespeare writes three persons: Hamlet, Laertes, Fortinbras, who stay...
tracking img