As every Shakespearean character, Hamlet is a multi-faceted person. He is a man characterised by high moral standards, intelligence and a deep sensitivity. He is brave, noble and witty.This essay will analyse his complex personality showing how the text conveys his main features: nobility, loneliness, melancholy and suffering.
First of all, right from the beginning of the play, Hamlet appears as a noble-minded youth. The reader sees him inspiring affection in his fellows Horatio and Marcellus, which follow and protect him, and showing loyalty to his father’s memory and abhorrence at his mother and uncle’s immoral wedding. He praises his dead father, defining him “so excellent a king that was to this Hyperion to a satyr” . His respect he has for him is enhanced by the comparison of the new king to the satyr, Hyperion antithesis, a creature famous for being usually drunk and immoral. He mistrusts Claudius, the villain of the play, from the start: he hates him even before knowing he is the murderer and this is what suggests from the beginning that he is the hero of the play. He knows who his enemy is, defines him as “treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain” and starts his own battle, triggered by the arrival of the ghost. He also expresses his hatred towards his mother to “post with such dexterity to incestuous sheets” . He criticises her choices in a misogynist first soliloquy, showing once again his filial fidelity towards the dead king. He is always guided by his strong sense of morality, which is most noble and estimable quality.
Hamlet is also characterized by and impressive intelligence, often shown in his long soliloquies. This ability to transform his thoughts in wonderful words portrays a young man who is highly philosophical and famous for his wordiness. Since he is a an eloquent scholar, his thoughts are often deep and meaningful. The reader is often carried away by his monologues, in which he explains how he perceives the reality around him, what he thinks about life and death, his conception of women etc. Moreover, even though he has a troubled life, he always manages to understand what happens around him and figure out what to do and which is the best way to do it.
Hamlet will do anything without considering the consequences of his actions: he’s brave to the point of disregarding for his own safety. Even in doing so, however, he highlights his cleverness and nobility. In act II, he doesn’t accept the thought of being forced to use violence or murdering somebody and wants to be sure that Claudius is guilty before getting his revenge, because he does not want to kill an innocent man. In doing so, Hamlet displays a meticulous and sharp mind: he refuses to kill Claudius while he is praying because he knows that this will bring him straight to Heaven. This is the reason why he elaborates a complex plan, in which he will have the players re-enact The Mouse-trap, hoping to “catch the conscience of the king” .