Hamlet's Elegy

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Family Pages: 2 (413 words) Published: May 5, 2013
Who is Hamlet?
He is a thirty year old Prince of Denmark. Hamlet is the son of Queen Gertrude and the late King Hamlet, and the nephew of the present king, Claudius. Hamlet is melancholy, bitter, and cynical, full of hatred for his uncle’s scheming and disgust for his mother’s sexuality. A reflective and thoughtful young man who has studied at the University of Wittenberg, Hamlet is often indecisive and hesitant, but at other times prone to rash and impulsive acts.

Hamlet was a very calm and understanding person until he comes to know that his Uncle Claudius killed his father so he can become the king, he finds out about this through his father’s ghost. He met the ghost and it told him them that Claudius pours poison in King Hamlet’s ear and gave him a torturous death. That is when he decides to find out if that’s true, he does that by laying out a trap for Claudius. The trap includes a play that will replay the scene how Claudius killed King Hamlet which will make Claudius guilty and admit that he has killed his father. But along with laying a trap for Claudius he has to act a little crazy so when he kills his Uncle it won’t look intentional it look totally unintentional. He hires actors to do a play about a man who kills his brother to become king to see Claudius' reaction. Hamlet confirms that Claudius was responsible, ends up being abusive to his mother Gertrude for shacking up with the murderer of his father, and murders his girlfriend Ophelia's dad thinking that it's Claudius. Ophelia goes insane from having her boyfriend kill her dad and dies. Her brother Laertes is pissed and is convinced by Claudius to kill Hamlet. The two duel, and both are fatally injured. Gertrude accidentally drinks the poison that Claudius had prepared for Hamlet and dies. Hamlet manages to kill Claudius before finally dying.

By killing Claudius, Hamlet proved how much he respected & loved his father. Hamlet was a guy who did take time to avenge his father’s death but...
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