25 March 2011
Hamlet Would Have Made a Good King
The main character of the playwright Hamlet can be argued as being an insane, reckless, and sporadic young man. These definitions of Hamlet are of the Hamlet whose father was premeditatedly killed by his uncle Claudius. Hamlet being a normal male wanted to exact revenge on his father’s killer. Hamlet’s fury was fueled even more by the fact that Claudius lived inside the same castle as the young victim and he would have been a fairly easy target as he was constantly alone in various scenes throughout the play. The situation that Hamlet was involved in is a terrible one because his very own father, who he looked up to and learned from, was killed by a man whose job was to be behind the king at all times. The strange behaviors that were displayed by the main character Hamlet should have been expected. During this horrid catastrophe Hamlet exhibited very fine character traits that usually define a king as a good king. Some of these character traits are intelligence, being strong willed, and bravery.
Hamlet shows his intelligence many times throughout the play. One of the more obvious examples of Hamlet’s intelligence can be shown by the many double meanings or confusing statements that Hamlet recited to Claudius and the other cast members. An occurrence of Hamlet reciting one of these strange double meaning statements happens just after Hamlet safely stows away the body of Polonius and speaks to his uncle-father. “Hamlet- Not where he heats, but where ‘a is eaten. A certain convocation of politic worms are e’en at him. Your worm is your only emperor for diet. We fat all creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service-two dishes, but to one fable. That’s the end.” (Shakespeare 1001-1109) it can be assumed from this statement that Hamlet has buried Polonius’ body somewhere inside the castle. Hamlet’s...
Cited: Shakespeare, Williamn. "Hamlet." An Introduction to Literature. 16th. 1. Glenview, Il: Pearson, 2011. Print.
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