-Hamlet is a sophisticated, contemplative, thoughtful and capable young man supported by his attendance to Wittenburg University. - Upon introduction to the character Hamlet, he is a man consumed with emotion and grief which is complimented by an obsession with death. This image is captivated by the passage of remarks he makes in Act 1 Scene 2. -Hamlet is enigmatic: There is always more to him than others can comprehend. -Hamlet is plagued with questions about the afterlife, about the wisdom of suicide, and about what happens to the body once the person is deceased. -He ponders both the physical and spiritual aftermath of death -Decision making under uncertainty is a key central theme of the play. Despite Hamlet being an intelligent man and the son of a natural born leader, he finds himself caught up in a situation where decision making is very difficult. -The consequences of the decision are inevitable for Hamlet. -Hamlet has a quest for revenge, and having Claudius’s dead is the success to that quest. -Indecisive and hesitant, but in various scenarios overwhelmed and prone to rash and impulsive acts. -His deep emotions are contrasted by the court being in high spirits despite the very recent death of his father. -Despises his mother’s hasty choice to rebound from his father so quickly and engage in a sexual relationship with Claudius. -Hamlet will never see Claudius as anything close to the king his father was, even as Claudius enforces the fact that he can see him as a fatherly figure. This is captivated by the statement:
We pray you to throw to earth
This unprevailing woe, and think of us
As of a father (1.2-105-108)
-Through his desperation to make sense of the reality of his situation, he finds himself in a paradox: Must commit murder to avenge a murder. - His actions are erratic, evident through his quick, swift, irrational decision of murdering Polonius behind a curtain without even checking to ensure who the victim was. -Hamlet desires to be over confident that Claudius is guilty of murdering his father before initiating the revenge process. -Hamlet is extremely Melancholy and depressed, and this mind state removes him from the reality of the world around him. His once acclaimed love Ophelia he now speaks the harshest words towards her and has negative perceptions towards women in general. -Once Hamlet returns from exile, he has acquired a newly found confidence about fulfilling the fate he now accepts as his duty. His anxiety has cooled and his perspective has be altered from confused, to clear and concise. He is now certain that he must kill Claudius and that this is the way it has to be, perhaps a self-justification for the murder he is about to commit. There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will. (5.2.9-10)
- Particularly drawn to difficult questions or questions that cannot be answered with any certainty -At a number of points in the play, he contemplates his own death and even the option of suicide. Claudius
-Claudius is introduced in the play as a capable, skillful ruler whom is proud of his country and his speeches offer the people a chance for a new beginning under his care and leadership. -He emerges as a king who is well qualified for office, and appears to have excellent decision making skills, consistently contradicting on stage the man who is described to be. -Claudius is a calculating, ambitious politician, driven by his sexual appetites and his lust for power -His love for Gertrude appears to be sincere.
-In private Claudius is an entirely different individual who represents the worst traits of human nature: lust, corruption, greed and excess. He seeks the pleasures of the flesh reinforced by this piece of the text: The king doth wake tonight and takes his rouse,
Keeps wassail, and the swaggering up-spring reels;
And as he drains his draughts of Renish down,
The kettle-drum and...