Hamlet Character Study


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Hamlet Character Study

  1. 1. Hamlet
  2. 2.  WHO- Hamlet WHAT PLAY- Hamlet  WHERE- Denmark  Protagonist  Sex- male
  3. 3.  Hamlet is a story of a boy named hamlet wanting to revenge his uncle Claudius for killing his father. Hamlet battles his concience and moral sruples in order to proceed with the masacar. Whist he obsesses over Ophelia. A theme of revenge is vividly displyed through out the coarse of the play.
  4. 4.  1- PERSON V.S SELF-internal conflict in the from of his concience not wanting to kill the king. 2- PERSON V.S SOCIETEY- Hamlet in his mind dosnt want to go against his morals and trouble the societies views of him. 3- PERSON V.S PERSON- hamlet battles against everyone! 4- PERSON V.S SUPERNAT URAL- Hamlet begins to get pressured by his ghost dad to revenge him self. 5-PERSON V.S FATE- Hamlet believes that he has to do what his father has said as if its almost fate for him to kill uncle Claudius.
  5. 5.  Hamlet feels a responsibility to avenge his fathers murder by his uncle Claudius, but Claudius is now the king and thus well protected. Moreover, Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and wether killing Claudius is the appropriate thing to do.
  6. 6.  Exposition- The night guards patrol over a Denmark fortified castle whilst seeing a ghost believed to look like hamlets father. The guards tell hamlet about the ghost and hamlet prepares to meet the ghost. Exciting force- Hamlet meets his father over night and is asked to revenge him and kill uncle Claudius.
  7. 7.  Conflictrising action- Hamlet battles within his conscience whether to kill uncle Claudius or not. He begins to get crazy and „get mad.‟ Turning pointCrisis- Claudius declares that Laertes and hamlet are to have a fight. Catastrophe or Falling action- Hamlet gets scratched by the poisoned blade of Laertes and realises he cannot revenge his father if he dies. Also Laertes gets poisoned by his own blade and dies.
  8. 8.  Resolution- Hamlet forces Claudius to drink from a poison goblet and stabs him with the poison blade. Denouement- The Norwegian king comes and finds everyone dead and restores Peace to Denmark.
  9. 9.  Looking at the comic relief scene in Hamlet is very clear that its the gravediggers scene . Prior to the scene, Ophelia has died and Hamlet has (almost) been declared mad by his uncle and mother and has been sent to England. Upon his return he spots two gravediggers shovelling a grave for whom Hamlet doesn‟t know to be Ophelia. Hamlet speaks to one of the gravediggers, who does not recognize him as Hamlet, and discovers that he was sent to England because he was mad. Furthermore the gravedigger tells him that Ophelia is dead and thus advancing the play to Ophelia‟s burial and Hamlet‟s return to Elsinore.
  10. 10.  Hamlet and Ophelia find love after hamlet trying to conceal his inner feelings. Hamlet only feels safe trusting his true friend Horatio. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern spy on him. So he doesnt trust them. Hamlet loves his mother but doesnt feel as close to her because she remarried Claudius after his fathers death. Obviously hamlet truly hates Claudius and is prepared to kill him.
  11. 11. motivationsThe main reason for Hamlets motivation to killuncle Claudius is the fact that his dead fathersghost tempts him to revenge himself. What do other people think of him? Hamlet acts very strange towards others. In fact he acts so strange that people begin to think that he is mad.
  12. 12.  Externally- hamlet is fine but confronts people making them think that he is mad. He gets stabbed by the poison blade of Laertes also. Internally- hamlet battles with his inner conflict until his excuse to be mad becomes semi true.
  13. 13.  Hamlet at the start is a proud son before his fathers murder. When his mother marries now king Claudius he suddenly feels more distant from his parents.
  14. 14.  Hamlet in the middle is completely unsure on how his future is going to plan out. He feels that it is fate to kill Claudius yet struggles to bring himself to do it. He begins to go crazy in own thoughts.
  15. 15.  Hamlet at the end has decided what needs to be done and chooses his future. Although he was dying when he killed Claudius we never find out whether he wouldve killed him any way.
  16. 16.  “We know what we are but not what we may be”-uncertain “To be or not to be, that is the question”- confused “The plays the thing, wherein ill catch the conscience of the king”- plotting “Theres something rotten in the state of Denmark, and hamlet says… its pay back time!”- brave and strong “I am haunted by the ghost of my father, I think that should allow me to quote hamlet as much as I please”-troubled “Mother you have my father much offended”- Confident “My fathers brother, but no more like my father- than I to Hercules.” – humorous.
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