Hamlet Essay

Topics: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Gertrude Pages: 4 (1213 words) Published: February 26, 2013
Hamlet Essay
Thomas Saad
For: Ms. Bigham
Date: December 20th
Course: ENG4U
The Royal Downfall

Hamlet is a tragedy written by Shakespeare in the 17th century. In this tragedy, the main characters traits when pushed to the extreme turn into their weakness which leads them to a circumstance where they yield their control to someone else which brings then to a downfall that makes them react instead of act. The three main characters that go through this path of weakness to circumstance to their downfall. I will begin with the main characters mother’s, Gertrude, then move onto Hamlet’s father, Claudius and finally end my argument with the main character, Hamlet.

Hamlet is known to be an intelligent man who over analysed everything. Hamlet trait (his mind) got pushed to the extreme when his father’s (Hamlet sr.) also known as the king got murdered. There was a lot of questioning and mystery on how he died. Hamlet’s weakness appears. He realises his weakness is his mind when he says, “ And fall a-cursing like a very drab, A scullion! Fie upon ’t, foh! About, my brain.” (2.2.547-549). Hamlet is expressing that he needs to get himself together and focus on his revenge. Any other character in the play, given the evidence that his uncle (Claudius) murdered his farther would have seeked revenge immediately. But Hamlet ‘s weakness leads him to go through the trouble of testing Claudius guilt by making him sit through a play with a king’s murdered. During hamlet’s second soliquy he begins getting angry with himself for not seeking his father’s revenge yet. Therefore he plans a trap, to guilt Claudius into reveling the truth. Hamlet explains his plot to Horatio, saying, “Observe mine uncle. If his occulted guilt, Do not itself unkennel in one speech,It is a damnèd ghost that we have seen” (3.2.74-76). Hamlet is saying that if Claudius does reveal his guilt then I will seek my revenge but if he doesent then the ghost was just the devil. After excutes his plan and...
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