The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by Shakespeare
Character development is essential to any literary endeavor. The character of Hamlet is quite dynamic—morphing from a composed but emotionally driven young man to an unstable wreck, completely possessed by the same emotions that drove him to such lengths at the outset.
The main protagonist, Hamlet, undergoes a sequence of incidents that radically alter his character. When the audience is introduced Hamlet, he is clothed in all black—portrayed as a morose, dejected prince. The audience’s initial impression of Hamlet sets the attitude for the entire play. Even without Shakespeare delivering an intricate sketch of Hamlet's features, readers can visualize his pallid face, disheveled hair, and severe, ominous eyes. Clothed completely in black, Hamlet exhibits all the forms, moods and shapes of distress. Throughout the progression of the play however, it is exposed that Hamlet as a character has more than one side to him: he is as menacing as he is imprudent, and he is as unforgiving as he is inconclusive. The audience relates Hamlet’s internal troubles with the demise of his father, and the emotional tax of discovering the truth of his death but being incapable of extorting revenge. This is what principally transforms Hamlet. His struggle to suppress his anger towards King Claudius, his father’s murderer, is then transmitted onto Ophelia, which causes Hamlet to become a remarkably different character by the end of Act V. Revenge has a way of seizing a character’s integrity. Michael Price of the American Psychological Association wrote, “If you're a power seeker, revenge can serve to remind others you're not to be trifled with. If you live in a society where the rule of law is weak, revenge provides a way to keep order.”
Hamlet’s mother cannot help but notice Hamlet's apparent form of grief, but Hamlet puts up a facade that the obvious signs of anguish do not compare to all of the sadness he feels inside.
Unfortunately for the blameless Ophelia, the activities of Claudius and Gertrude corrupted Hamlet's affection and respect towards women. Established on the letters and gifts Hamlet offered his once-cherished Ophelia, it is clear that he did love her, and possibly felt those emotions that his father once experienced for his mother. However, whether due to some tremendous longing to become the representative for his father who cannot himself reprimand his perfidious wife—or due to the desolate circumstance that all the love in him has sincerely withered up—Hamlet cracks on Ophelia and destroys her, with spite almost inconceivable.
As the play Hamlet has conducted for the King commences, he takes a greatly dissimilar attitude with Ophelia. Some debate that this scene supports the notion that Hamlet is truly mad; that, unable to governor his personal thoughts and feelings, he detests Ophelia one instant and wishes to involve in particular intimacy with her subsequently. While...