Personality Man “Hamlet” Essay

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Reyes 2Mayra ReyesProfessor NovotnyENG-102Draft 3RewritePersonality man "Hamlet"Hamlet is arguably the greatest dramatic character ever created. From the moment we meet the crestfallen prince we are enraptured by his elegant intensity. Shrouded in his inky cloak, Hamlet is a man of radical contradictions he is reckless yet cautious, courteous yet uncivil, tender yet ferocious. "Hamlet is viewed as a heroic tragic figure even though his indecision cripples him in an understandably crippling situation" (Reidalot). He meets his father's death with consuming outrage and righteous indignation, yet shows no compunction when he himself is responsible for the deaths of the meddling Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and the pontificating lord chamberlain, Polonius. He uses the fragile and innocent Ophelia as an outlet for his disgust towards the queen, and cannot comprehend that his own vicious words have caused her insanity. "Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's four most important tragedies - the other being Macbeth, King Lear and Othello. The way Shakespeare handles the character of the protagonist of the play is unique in every aspect. The notes study guide on Hamlet notes: "Hamlet endures as the object of universal identification because his central moral dilemma transcends the Elizabethan period, making him a man for all ages. In his difficult struggle to somehow act within a corrupt world and yet maintain his moral integrity, Hamlet ultimately reflects the fate of all human beings." This projection of "fate of all human being" is probably the most important aspect of the character of Hamlet and must be kept in mind while writing personal reaction on the character of Hamlet" (Suman1983).Hamlet is full of faults. But how is it that even seemingly negative qualities such as indecisiveness, hastiness, hate, brutality, and obsession can enhance Hamlet's position as a tragic hero; a prince among men? "I have come to appreciate Hamlet's predicament. He is young, in a tragic situation, and truly has no one to turn to that he can trust with whom he can discuss his thoughts and feelings...Horatio aside, that is. Hamlet is the quintessential teenager trying to find his place in the world. Where do I fit in? What the heck is going on here? What do I do next?" (Amy- Lepore) Our first impression of Hamlet sets the tone for the whole play. Even without Shakespeare providing an elaborate description of Hamlet's features, we can envision his pale face, tousled hair, and intense, brooding eyes. Dressed totally in black, Hamlet displays all the forms, moods and shapes of grief. His mother cannot help but notice Hamlet's outward appearance of mourning, but Hamlet makes it clear that the overt signs of grief do not come close to conveying how much sorrow he feels inside.Hamlet cannot forget his father, even when all those around him have resumed their merry lives, content to offer the occasional conciliatory words of wisdom. The queen, considering she has lost a husband, offers...

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