Shakespeare’s play on the theme of duality also introduces us to the inconsistent nature of Hamlets personality. We see a caring and emotional side to Hamlet, whilst in other parts his character seems ignorant and erratic. This is not only shown in Hamlets character but throughout the play in many other characters, perhaps showing a lack of distinction between good and bad, and a sense of shattered identity. Shakespeare conveys this concept of duality using antithesis, particularly in Act1.4. He says ‘Bring with thee airs from heaven or blasts from hell, Be thy intents wicked or charitable’, using the extreme opposites of heaven and hell, wicked and charitable. Perhaps this is representative of the two extremes of Hamlets character and its ambiguity brought by Hamlets belief that man is a ‘contradiction’.
Femininity also plays a key role in introducing Hamlet’s character and how he is presented. It could be argued that his character doesn’t conform to that of the typical protagonist of a revenge tragedy, in the way that he considers the moral implications of taking